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How does the installer wizards perform their tasks? Do they execute scripts under the hood or everything is done through a compiled language? Which technique is better from a performance standpoint?

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put on hold as too broad by grawity, harrymc, Mokubai Aug 13 at 11:51

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    Please be more specific in your question. Unless you're asking about a specific program (like "Firefox installer" or "Oracle SQL Developer installer"), the only possible answer is "all of the above and then some". – grawity Aug 13 at 10:31
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    They can do and use whatever the heck they want. They are just regular programs. Especially in the land of Linux, where graphical installers are a rarity and installation is usually handled by distro-specific package systems. On Windows usually NSIS or InstallShield are used. – gronostaj Aug 13 at 10:55
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