I would like to do more than dabble in WinAVR. I would have used it much earlier except every time I installed it in the past on Win 2000 Pro SP4, it screws up the registry. What I have seen is a pair of duplicate entries for “WinAVR 20070525 (remove only) in “add remove programs” and every time I shutdown I get stuck in a 3 minute + wait dialog for “saving your settings...”.
Yes, I know 20070525 is old, but past misbehavior including at least one older version has made me gun shy about installing WinAVR again. Selecting one of the remove only entires makes that entry go away, but the other one is left behind and cannot self remove. By far the worst is the shutdown delay that never goes away. I multi-boot my systems, so this delay is a real PITA.
As usual I correct registry problems by rebuilding Windows from scratch, however the lack of LBA48 support for the Win 2000 Pro installer makes this a nightmare on large drives. I'm forced to re-partition the drive to be within the LBA48 limits, then restore all the destroyed partitions and data, after enabling LBA48 support in the re-installed Win 2000 Pro.
BTW, all my Windows operating systems have no NIC drivers (on purpose), so there is no chance of any web based connection exploits (other than the actual copy of WinAVR, AVRStudio and WindowsInstaller-KB893803-v2-x86.exe downloaded using Linux).
As I have come to know WinAVR its not free at all. In fact if my time is worth anything its very expensive. I would like to give it another shot, maybe....
My question is; have any other Win 2000 Pro SP4 users ever seen this misbehavior and if you have seen it, is it still a problem in the newer WinAVR releases? If you haven't seen this problem, then how could you say if its fixed or not.