The assignee for this patent application is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Installation of complex software systems typically involves many options allowing for numerous combinations of possible scenarios. The user performing the installation often needs guidance in making choices and understanding the potential implications of those choices. Installation software generally includes warning messages and other guidance to the users during the installation of the software.
"Some existing software installation systems create software packages and include an installation wizard to help the user through the installation process and pre-check the computing environment for software prerequisites. However, if a specialized software package or software update installed on a computer was released after the software installation wizard was released, complications during the installation process may arise because each software update and specialized software package may necessitate alterations in the new software's installation parameters.
"Often the information the user needs to understand is present in multiple different sources and repositories, including product help, white papers, technical support bulletins and advisories, websites, and on-line forums, etc. This information may be extensive and the vast majority of the information may not be applicable to the specific installation the user is attempting. Further, it may be difficult for the providers of this information to ensure that the information is adequately current and accurate to match the particular software being installed."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Embodiments of the present invention provide a system, method, and program product to generate guidance for installing software on a second computer. The first computer receives information from a user, which includes the identity and the installation preferences of the software to be installed on the second computer. The first computer gathers information about the environment of the second computer. Search parameters are defined by the first computer based on the information received and the information gathered regarding the environment of the second computer. A search is conducted by the first computer for data stored on local storage devices and stored within the Internet. The computer retrieves data associated with an installation of the software on a third computer. The computer generates guidance for the installation of the software on the second computer. In certain embodiments, to generate guidance, the computer sorts, analyzes, verifies and presents the data to the user.
"In certain embodiments, the computer generates a file comprising information received from a user and the second computer's registry. The computer may then use the information stored in the file to define search parameters. The search parameters may also be based on information located in a file provided by another user.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 is a block diagram of guidance system in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.
"FIG. 2 is a flowchart illustrating the steps of a guidance generator software of FIG. 1 in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.
"FIG. 3 is a block diagram of internal and external components within the computing devices of FIG. 1 in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention."
For more information, see this patent application: Hehir, Sally A.; Reamsnyder, Lee J.; Schimpf,
Keywords for this news article include: Software,
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