Paul Irish

Making the www great

You Must Restart Your System

In the 10 years that I’ve seen dialogs like these, I’ve always clicked “No” or “Restart Later” and the software ALWAYS works. The software installs indicate it’s mandatory, but never is it functionally mandatory. Not TortoiseSVN, ISO mounting utilities, not even Microsoft Office; it always works without a reboot.

So why is this pattern so widely adopted?