new to Opera - a few questions before installing

  • Hello.

    I want to go ahead and install Opera, but I have a few questions that I would like to ask before doing so. I have a total of four questions. Hopefully, it's okay to ask them all in one post.

    1.) I was getting to download and install Opera from this page http://www.opera.com/computer/windows, but I hesitated when I saw two different options, an option to do a normal direct download and an option to download an offline package. I'm not sure what the second option is. What exactly is an "offline package"? How is different from the regular installation? And, most important, why might someone want to choose that option over a regular installation? For what reason?

    2.) I've heard that a 64 bit version of Opera is available, but I do not see an option to download it from http://www.opera.com/computer/windows. Why is that? Is the 64 bit version still in beta or something like that?

    3.) I was reading about Opera Turbo on this page http://www.opera.com/turbo. It says that Opera Turbo is available for the Opera Windows browser. What I would like to know is, does the Turbo feature come included as part of the normal Opera installation, or is it something that has to be downloaded and installed separately?

    4.) Does Opera make an uninstall utility? Just in case anything were to go wrong and I needed to do a clean re-install, I'm just wondering if such a tool is available. Is there?

    That's it. I shouldn't have any more questions after this.

    Thanks!

    1. The offline package is the entire download and everything it needs to install. The offline package is generally used by people wishing to install it on a computer that is 'offline' by downloading it on an internet connected PC first and then transferring it via USB drive, burnable CD or whatever. The 'normal' package is much smaller. Once you run the normal package it connects directly with the Opera servers and downloads any files it needs.

    2. That was for an older edition of Opera. The current releases don't have a 64-bit Windows version nor is it really needed. All 64-bit does is allow the processes of the program to access more RAM. Since the newer version of Opera is splint into many different processes (one for each tab, extension, add-on, etc) instead of a single process like the older versions it isn't necessary. This multi-process setup also allows the program to isolate a crashed process. That way a crashed tab or extension is much less likely to crash the whole browser.

    3. Its included. You should not use it unless you are on a metered or very slow internet connection though.

    4. Yes. You will find in in 'Programs and Features' of your Windows control panel.

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  • thanks i will try

  • lando242,

    Thank you for the info. I appreciate you taking the time to explain everything, especially your answer to my first question about the offline package. That was very helpful.

    Just one more thing . . .

    I think you misunderstood what I was asking about in my last question. I asked if Opera makes an uninstall utility, and you replied and said, "Yes. You will find it in 'Programs and Features' of your Windows control panel."

    You're referring to the program uninstaller. I was asking about something different. Specifically, some companies have program-specific uninstall utilities (or uninstall tools) available for their software that can be run to clean up any traces of the program in the event that it was not fully removed, I was asking about that. Hopefully, you know what I am referring to. Does Opera have such a tool available?

    Thanks again.

  • Often times they are the same thing. Its just sometimes they put a link to the uninstaller in the programs folder with the other entries for that program and sometimes they don't. Really though, separate uninstallers are from a different age of computing (pre-Windows 2000). In days past the uninstallers built into Windows were kind of useless but they have improved greatly over the years. Many programs these days just using the Windows Installer to get the job done. Still, many default uninstallers, separate utilities or not, leave traces behind. I use Revo Uninstaller if I really want something gone.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Installer

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