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    Exclamation Windows cannot replace file as it is currently in use ... or can it ?

    Ahem... actually Windows can replace a DLL that is in use by renaming the original then copying the new file into place.



    It's not that Windows has to restart after replacing a file that is in use. It's just that it would rather not deal with the complexity that results if it doesn't.

    But the Windows prefers not to do this.

    Why?

    Informative read - Windows Confidential.


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    We can edit by taking the control, right?
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    Actually, what the article is talking about is supposing an application or OS itself, needs to update itself, Vista can replace files even when in use, but choses not to.

    Normally, the Installer calls upon the Restart Manager, to see if it can clear that part of the system so that it can be updated. If it can do that, it does so, and this happens without a reboot. If it choses not to, then this article explains why it choses not to!

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