Apple can't even install updated without being control freaks
I have Safari and Quicktime installed on my XP machine for testing purposes. I've just run the updater program and installed updates for Safari, Quicktime and the updater itself and without any option it's added damn shortcuts on the desktop, quickstart and programs menus. I don't want any of these, I have all the shortcuts I need, exactly where I need them, including on the quick start bar already so there was no need to add duplicates.
Anyway, I deleted everything it added and then tried my existing QUicktime shortcuts in a sub-menu of the programs menu and none of them worked, despite the programs still all being in the same locations. It turns out that the shortcuts Quicktime installs are specific to each update and point to (and get their icons from) EXE and ICO files in "C:\Windows\Installer\" rather than just being normal shortcuts to the program EXEs like every other normal program does.
Why? How does this complication benefit anyone?
So if anyone else has the same problem, just create your own set of shortcuts to the relevant EXEs and delete all of Apple's oen shortcuts.