Installer



[in-stawl] /ɪnˈstɔl/

verb (used with object)
1.
to place in position or connect for service or use: to install a heating system;
to install software on a computer.
2.
to establish in an office, position, or place:
to install oneself in new quarters.
3.
to induct into an office or the like with ceremonies or formalities.
/ɪnˈstɔːl/
verb (transitive) -stalls, -stalling, -stalled, -stals, -stalling, -stalled
1.
to place (machinery, equipment, etc) in position and connect and adjust for use
2.
to transfer (computer software) from a distribution file to a permanent location on disk, and prepare it for its particular environment and application
3.
to put in a position, rank, etc
4.
to settle (a person, esp oneself) in a position or state: she installed herself in an armchair
v.

early 15c., “place in (ecclesiastical) office by seating in an official stall,” from Medieval Latin installare, from Latin in- “in” (see in- (2)) + Medieval Latin stallum “stall,” from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German stal “standing place;” see stall (n.1)). Related: Installed; installing.
operating system
A utility program to ease the installation of another, probably larger, application. It is also possible for hardware to have an installer accompany it, to install any low level device drivers required.
The installer commonly asks the user to enter desired configuration options for the main program or hardware, and sets up various initialisation files accordingly, as well as copying the main program to a hard disc.
Some badly designed operating systems require applications to provide an uninstaller because of the number of different files modified or created during the installation process.
(1998-02-09)

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