|The Ideal Installer|
The disadvantage is you get all manner of duplicate JVMs. The advantage is the app sticks with the JVM that brung it.
Avoid the Optimum Installer. It goes out of its way to trick and irritate your customers. I go so far as to call it malware.
Companies such as Logitech use smart installers. These are particularly good for device drivers, or where there are many variants on the download, e.g. for different languages, different models, OS (Operating System)es, versions, or when the download is huge. You download a tiny universal installer that sniffs about to find out the details it needs about what OS you have, what hardware you have, what drivers you have, then selects just the modules you need and installs them. If you re-run the installer, it will get the latest versions, unlike a traditional installer that would just reinstall the versions embedded it itself. The disadvantage is a smart installer requires Internet access which may not be present, possibly for security reasons.
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