It would be really nice if Microsoft could just abandon their registry nonsense and require
installed apps to put everything
they need (possibly with the exception of .NET and related Microsoft items that are supplied by default
with every Windows installation) into their own
directory tree. The world would be a much
better place if that were so. The registry makes some sense in a managed
environment where the network admins need to monitor individual PCs and be able to push updates and changes out to hundreds of seats at a time. For a home or solo PC it's a ridiculous amount of complexity and overhead to have to deal with just to save some disk space.
Disk space is cheap. So is RAM. So having duplicate binaries and whatnot isn't that big a deal anymore.
Oh wait...the FUTURE is with TABLETS!!! I forgot...
I guess disk space will
go back to being at a premium pretty soon huh? I mean look...all those movies, and ebooks, and music the media giants just know
you're gonna go buy
and download have to be saved somewhere
, right? And they'll likely almost all be DRM-locked to a specific device
- so it's not like you can just save them anywhere you've got space.