JP2004005254A - Information processing device and program - Google Patents

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JP2004005254A
JP2004005254A JP2002160527A JP2002160527A JP2004005254A JP 2004005254 A JP2004005254 A JP 2004005254A JP 2002160527 A JP2002160527 A JP 2002160527A JP 2002160527 A JP2002160527 A JP 2002160527A JP 2004005254 A JP2004005254 A JP 2004005254A
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前田 順一
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An information processing apparatus capable of confirming types of application programs that can be installed and of easily installing application programs required therein.
An icon (31a to 31i) corresponding to a type of an application program that can be installed from a CD-ROM or the like is displayed on a menu screen. In addition, when the execution of a certain application program is requested by tapping the icon, it is determined whether or not the requested execution of the application program is already installed. If the application program is not installed, a message 32 is displayed and the user is not installed. And the installation method.
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[0001]
TECHNICAL FIELD OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to an information processing apparatus such as a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) or a PC (Personal Computer), and more particularly to an information processing apparatus capable of installing various application programs from a CD-ROM or the like and a program used in the apparatus. .
[0002]
[Prior art]
2. Description of the Related Art Conventionally, in an information processing apparatus such as a PDA or a PC, a menu launcher that displays an icon related to an application program on a screen when the application program is installed from a CD-ROM or the like is known. With such a menu launcher, the user can confirm the type of the installed application program on the screen, and can execute the corresponding application program by tapping the icon.
[0003]
[Problems to be solved by the invention]
However, conventionally, an icon related to an installed application program is displayed on a screen. For example, when various application programs are bundled on a CD-ROM, a manual or the like is viewed. Without it, the type of application program included in the CD-ROM cannot be determined, and whether the application program has already been installed or not, and how to install it if it has not been installed, can be determined at all. I did not know and it was very inconvenient.
[0004]
The present invention has been made in view of the above points, and provides an information processing apparatus and a program that can confirm the types of application programs that can be installed and that can easily install required application programs among them. The purpose is to provide.
[0005]
[Means for Solving the Problems]
An information processing apparatus according to claim 1 of the present invention executes an installation unit for optionally installing various application programs from the outside, a storage unit for storing the application program installed by the installation unit, and a user. Presenting means for presenting the type of application program in a predetermined format in order to select an application program; and when one of the application programs presented by the presenting means is requested to be executed, the application program is stored in the storage means. And control means for judging whether or not the software has been installed, and notifying the user if the software has not been installed.
[0006]
According to such a configuration, for example, when various application programs can be installed from a CD-ROM, the types of the installable application programs are presented, so that the user knows what application programs can be installed. be able to. Further, if the application program requested to be executed has not been installed, the user is notified that the application program has not been installed. Therefore, it is possible to know that the desired application program should be installed in accordance with the notification.
[0007]
According to a second aspect of the present invention, in the information processing apparatus according to the first aspect, the information processing apparatus further includes a non-volatile storage unit in which various application programs are stored in advance. It is characterized in that it is determined whether or not the application program is stored in advance in the storage unit, and when the application program is stored in advance in the nonvolatile storage unit, the application program is read from the nonvolatile storage unit and executed. And
[0008]
According to such a configuration, in the case where a ROM or the like in which various application programs are stored in advance is provided, it can be directly read and activated when there is an execution request for these application programs.
[0009]
According to a third aspect of the present invention, in the information processing apparatus according to the first aspect, the presenting unit displays an icon corresponding to a type of the externally installable application program on a menu screen, An icon deletion unit for deleting an icon that has not been installed from the menu screen at a predetermined timing is provided.
[0010]
According to such a configuration, for example, icons corresponding to various application programs provided by a CD-ROM or the like are displayed on the menu screen, and if there is an icon that has not been installed forever, the icon is deleted. Therefore, it is possible to prevent the menu screen from being occupied by unnecessary icons.
[0011]
According to a fourth aspect of the present invention, in the information processing apparatus according to the third aspect, when the application program presented by the presentation means has not been installed for a predetermined time or more, the icon deletion means deletes the icon. It is characterized in that it is deleted from the menu screen.
[0012]
According to such a configuration, for example, when various application programs provided by a CD-ROM or the like are not installed even after a predetermined time has elapsed, an icon indicating the application program can be deleted as an unnecessary icon. it can.
[0013]
According to a fifth aspect of the present invention, in the information processing apparatus according to the third aspect, the icon deletion unit counts the number of times the application program presented by the presentation unit is requested to be executed in an uninstalled state. When the number of times reaches a predetermined number, the icon is deleted from the menu screen.
[0014]
According to such a configuration, for example, an icon corresponding to various application programs provided on a CD-ROM or the like is selected, and the application program is notified that the application program is not installed. If such an event occurs more than a predetermined number of times when the installation is not performed, the icon can be deleted as an unnecessary icon.
[0015]
According to a sixth aspect of the present invention, in the information processing apparatus according to any one of the first to fifth aspects, the control unit may further notify an installation method when the application program has not been installed. It is characterized by.
[0016]
According to such a configuration, when an application program requested to be executed by a user has not been installed, not only a notification to that effect is provided, but also an installation method such as how to install the application program is required. Is notified, the user can easily install a desired application program according to the notification.
[0017]
According to a seventh aspect of the present invention, there is provided a program executed by a computer having a function of optionally installing various application programs from the outside and a storage device for storing various information including the program, An icon corresponding to the type of an application program that can be installed from the outside, a function of writing link information indicating a storage location of the installed application program to the storage device, and an application program requested to be executed is not installed. If there is, a function of writing an uninstalled notification program for notifying that fact to the storage device and whether or not there is an application program whose execution has been requested is determined. Ku is characterized in that to realize the function of writing a program presence judgment program to start one of the non-installation notification program in the storage device.
[0018]
According to such a configuration, even when the application program that can be installed from the outside is not known in advance, it is possible to determine what application program can be installed by the program having the function of installing the application program. This can be shown to the user, and can effectively be presented to the user what application programs can be installed when the application programs are distributed via a commercially available CD-ROM or network.
[0019]
According to an eighth aspect of the present invention, in the program according to the seventh aspect, an icon deletion program for deleting an uninstalled icon at a predetermined timing is included.
[0020]
According to such a configuration, when an icon corresponding to an application program that can be installed from the outside is registered and an icon for which an actual application program is not installed exists even after a predetermined time has elapsed, the icon is deleted. Therefore, it is possible to prevent the menu screen from being occupied by unnecessary icons.
[0021]
According to a ninth aspect of the present invention, in the program according to the eighth aspect, the icon deletion program counts the number of times a specific operation for arbitrarily selecting an application program to be externally installed is performed, When the number of times reaches a predetermined number, an icon that has not been installed is deleted.
[0022]
According to such a configuration, after an icon corresponding to an application program that can be installed from the outside is registered, when an operation of selecting any of the application programs is performed a predetermined number of times, the application program that has not been installed is not installed. When an icon exists, the icon can be deleted as an unnecessary icon.
[0023]
BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION
Hereinafter, embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.
[0024]
(1st Embodiment)
FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing a configuration of the information processing apparatus according to the first embodiment of the present invention. This apparatus is realized by a computer which reads a program recorded on a recording medium and whose operation is controlled by the program, and specifically includes a PDA or a PC.
[0025]
As shown in FIG. 1, the present apparatus is provided with a CPU 11, to which an input unit 12, a display unit 13, a storage unit 14, a CD-ROM drive 15, and the like are connected.
[0026]
The CPU 11 reads a program stored in the storage unit 14 and executes various processes according to procedures described in the program. The input unit 12 is an input device including, for example, a keyboard, a mouse, and a tablet, and is used here when a user inputs a request to execute an application program. The display unit 13 is a display device such as a CRT (Cathode-ray Tube) or an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), and displays icons related to various application programs and a notification message when not installed. .
[0027]
The storage unit 14 is a device that stores various types of information including programs. In addition to the various types of application programs and their icons, when the application program requested to be executed is not installed, an uninstalled device is provided for notifying that fact. A notification program, a program existence determination program for starting the application program or the non-installation notification program by checking whether or not the application program requested to be executed is installed are stored.
[0028]
The storage unit 14 is specifically composed of a ROM 21 and a RAM 22 as shown in FIG. 2, and the information such as the icons and programs described above is stored in the ROM 21 in advance. Details will be described later with reference to FIG.
[0029]
The CD-ROM drive 15 is a drive for reading a CD-ROM 16 as an external recording medium. The CD-ROM 16 is attached to the apparatus, and various application programs that can be installed in the apparatus are bundled in advance. The user can install various application programs in the CD-ROM 16 as needed.
[0030]
FIG. 2 is a diagram showing a method of accessing an application program stored in a ROM provided in the information processing apparatus and an application program bundled in a CD-ROM.
[0031]
As shown in FIG. 2, of the ROM 21 and the RAM 22 constituting the storage unit 14, the ROM 21 stores, for each application program, an application name 23, icon image data 24 to be displayed on a menu screen, and the application program. A ROM built-in program flag 25 is stored which indicates whether the ROM 21 is provided as standard equipment or is optionally installed from the CD-ROM 16 through the CD-ROM drive 15.
[0032]
In addition, the ROM 21 stores in advance application programs that are provided as standard (that is, application programs that are installed at the time of product shipment). On the other hand, the RAM 22 stores an application program optionally installed from the CD-ROM 16 through the CD-ROM drive 15.
[0033]
The ROM 21 also includes link information indicating where the executable files of the various application programs are stored in the ROM 21 or the RAM 22, a non-installation notifying program for notifying that the program is not installed, and a non-installation notification. Link information to the program is stored in advance. Note that the ROM 21 also includes the program existence determination program shown in the storage unit 14 of FIG.
[0034]
In such a configuration, when an application program is requested to be executed, if the application program is built in the ROM 21, the execution of the application program is performed from the ROM 21 based on the link information stored in the ROM 21 in advance. The file is read and executed. On the other hand, if the application program is bundled with the CD-ROM 16, an execution file of the application program is read from the RAM 22 and executed based on the link information stored in the ROM 21 in advance. At this time, if the corresponding executable file is not in the RAM 22, that is, if the application program requested to be executed is not installed from the CD-ROM 16 into the RAM 22, the non-installation notification program stored in advance in the ROM 21 is transmitted. The non-installation notification program is activated based on the link information, and a notification message of non-installation is displayed.
[0035]
FIG. 3 shows a display screen when such an application is activated. 3A shows a menu screen, FIG. 3B shows a non-installation notification screen, and FIG. 3C shows an application execution screen.
[0036]
As shown in FIG. 3A, on the menu screen of the present apparatus, not only various application programs built in the ROM 21 but also various application programs bundled in the CD-ROM 16 are selected as the icons 31a. To 31i are displayed.
[0037]
Then, when the user taps any of the icons 31a to 31i on the menu screen and makes an execution request, the application program whose execution has been requested is bundled in the CD-ROM 16, and If the application is not installed, a message 32 such as "This application is not installed. Please install from the attached CD-ROM" is displayed as shown in FIG. The user is notified that it has not been installed and how to install it.
[0038]
If an application program related to the icon tapped on the menu screen has already been installed from the CD-ROM 16, the application program is activated as shown in FIG. Will be displayed. This example shows a state in which “dictionary software” is executed by tapping the icon 31f.
[0039]
Hereinafter, a processing operation according to the first embodiment will be described.
[0040]
FIG. 4 is a flowchart illustrating the operation of the application execution control process according to the first embodiment.
[0041]
First, as shown in FIG. 3A, a menu screen having these icons 31a to 31i is displayed on the display unit 13 for various application programs built in the ROM 21 and various application programs installable from the CD-ROM 16. Will be displayed. In such a state, the CPU 11 waits for an input of an application program execution request from the user (step A11).
[0042]
Here, when the user inputs an execution request of any application program by tapping an icon on the menu screen (Yes in step A11), the CPU 11 first stores the application program requested to be executed in the ROM 21. As shown in FIG. 2, it is determined based on the ROM built-in program flag 25 added to the icon image data 24 of the application program (step A12).
[0043]
As a result, if the application program is a built-in application program in the ROM 21, that is, if the application program is a standard application program of the present apparatus (Yes in step A 12), the CPU 11 stores the program in the ROM 21 as shown in FIG. By searching the ROM 21 for the execution file of the application program based on the link information stored in advance, the execution file is read and executed (step A15). In this case, it is assumed that the execution file of the application program stored in the ROM 21 is always deleted and is not deleted. Therefore, in this case, the determination step of A13 can be omitted.
[0044]
On the other hand, if the application program is not an application program built in the ROM 21, that is, if the application program is a bundled application program on the CD-ROM 16 (No in step A 12), the CPU 11 is stored in the ROM 21 in advance as shown in FIG. A search is performed to determine whether or not the execution file of the application program exists in the RAM 22 based on the link information (step A13). If the corresponding executable file exists in the RAM 22 (Yes in step A13), it means that the executable file has already been installed from the CD-ROM 16, and the CPU 11 reads the executable file from the RAM 22 and executes it (step A15).
[0045]
If the corresponding executable file does not exist in the RAM 22 (No in step A13), it means that the file has not been installed from the CD-ROM 16, so that the CPU 11 Is activated, a message 32 as shown in FIG. 3 (b) is displayed to notify the user of the non-installation and to inform the user of the installation method (step A14).
[0046]
As described above, when a specific CD-ROM 16 is bundled with the present apparatus, by displaying icons related to various application programs provided on the CD-ROM 16 on the menu screen, the user can determine what kind of application program is provided. It is convenient to be able to know whether various types of application programs can be installed.
[0047]
Also, when the user taps an icon on the menu screen to request execution, if the application program is not installed from the CD-ROM 16, the user is notified of the fact and the installation method is notified. The user can set the CD-ROM 16 in the CD-ROM drive 15 and install a desired application program according to the notification without referring to a manual or the like.
[0048]
The same applies to a case where various application programs are bundled using not only a CD-ROM but also other recording media such as a DVD (Digital Versatile Disk). In addition, instead of using these recording media, the present invention can be applied to a case where an application program is downloaded by connecting to a file server or a software distribution site connected via a network such as the Internet or a LAN. Can be.
[0049]
Further, the RAM 22 for installing the application program may be a magnetic disk (floppy disk, hard disk, etc.), a writable optical disk (CD-R, DVD-RAM, etc.), or a semiconductor memory (flash memory, etc.).
[0050]
(Second embodiment)
Next, a second embodiment of the present invention will be described.
[0051]
In the first embodiment, it is assumed that various application programs are installed from a specific CD-ROM provided as an accessory when the product is shipped, and icons and programs related to these applications are stored in the ROM in advance. In the second embodiment, when various application programs are installed from a commercially available CD-ROM or a Web site, registration of icons, programs, and the like relating to the application programs will be described. .
[0052]
FIG. 5 is a diagram showing a configuration of an information processing apparatus according to the second embodiment of the present invention, in which 41 indicates a PC used as this apparatus.
[0053]
The PC 41 includes a storage device 42 such as a magnetic disk device and a CD-ROM drive 43 for reading a CD-ROM 44. The PC 41 has a function connectable to the Internet 51. The PC 41 can access a Web site 52 on the Internet 51 and arbitrarily obtain various application programs such as game software from the Web site 52. Shall be provided.
[0054]
The CD-ROM 44 is different from the CD-ROM 16 bundled with the present apparatus like the CD-ROM 16 and is generally commercially available, in which various application programs that can be installed in the present apparatus are recorded. . In addition, the Web site 52 is a site that provides a software providing service, and as shown in FIG. 5, a list of various software such as game software is displayed on the Web page screen 53. Desired software (application program) can be selected and downloaded.
[0055]
Here, when the user activates the CD-ROM 44 for the first time or accesses the Web site 52 for the first time, a boot history file is created in the storage device 42 and can be installed from the CD-ROM 44 or the Web site 52. Various information such as icons of various application programs, link information to these application programs, a non-installation notification program, and a program existence determination program are written.
[0056]
The processing operation of the present apparatus as a second embodiment will be described below on the assumption that various application programs are installed from the CD-ROM 44.
[0057]
FIG. 6 is a flowchart illustrating the operation of the icon registration process according to the second embodiment. When a CD-ROM 44 on which some application program is recorded is inserted into the CD-ROM drive 43 (step B11), an installation program (installer) included in the CD-ROM 44 is started (step B12).
[0058]
At this time, the PC 41 determines whether or not a boot history file exists in the storage device 42 (Step B13). If there is no boot history file (No in step B13), the PC 41 determines that the CD-ROM 44 has been booted for the first time and creates a boot history file in a predetermined area of the storage device 42 (step B14). The startup history file is referred to when deleting icons of various application programs provided on the CD-ROM 44 at a predetermined timing, as described later, and records, for example, the date and time of the first startup. It has become.
[0059]
Subsequently, the PC 41 determines the types of application programs that can be installed from the CD-ROM 44, acquires the application names and icon images from the CD-ROM 44, and registers them in the storage device 42 (step B15).
[0060]
Further, the PC 41 writes the link information to the application program into the storage device 42 (Step B16). At this point, since the application program (the main body of the program) has not been installed, it is assumed that only the file name that will become an executable file when it is installed later is registered.
[0061]
Also, the PC 41 stores in the storage device 42 a non-installation notification program and a program existence determination program (for example, a program based on a script, the function of which is implemented by reading and executing the script copied from the CD-ROM by the OS or the like). Write (step B18). The non-installation notifying program is a program for notifying that the application program whose execution has been requested is not installed. The program presence determination program is a program for checking whether an application program requested to be executed is installed and activating the application program or the non-installation notification program.
[0062]
By such a registration process, an environment similar to that of the first embodiment can be constructed. Even when a commercially available CD-ROM 44 is used, various types of application programs that can be installed from the CD-ROM 44 are provided. Icons can be displayed on the menu screen. Thus, even if a single CD-ROM 44 contains a large number of application programs, the user can check the contents on the menu screen at a glance, and can install the programs as needed. Further, when the user taps the icon on the menu screen to request execution, if the application program is not installed from the CD-ROM 44, the user is notified of the fact and the installation method. Can easily install a desired application program using the CD-ROM 44 in accordance with this notification.
[0063]
Here, the case where a CD-ROM is used has been described, but the same applies to a case where another recording medium such as a DVD is used.
[0064]
Also, as shown in FIG. 5, the present invention can be applied to a case where a user accesses a Web site 52 on the Internet 51 and installs various application programs provided by the Web site 52. In this case, when the web site 52 is accessed for the first time, an activation history file (for example, a file such as Cookie) that records the access date and time may be created, and the same icon or the like may be registered. . Further, when the Web site 52 is targeted, by registering a URL (Uniform Resource Locators) indicating an access destination, the URL is displayed when an icon is tapped on a menu screen, for example. The user can be informed of the access destination, and the connection can be automatically established based on the URL.
[0065]
By the way, when icons related to various installable application programs are displayed on the menu screen for the general CD-ROM 44 and the Web site 52, the entity (program) may not be installed forever. Hereinafter, a case in which such an uninstalled icon is deleted as an unnecessary icon will be described.
[0066]
FIG. 7 is a flowchart illustrating the operation of the icon deletion process according to the second embodiment.
[0067]
With the insertion of the CD-ROM 44, it is first determined whether or not the CD-ROM 44 has been started for the first time, for example, based on the presence or absence of a start history file (step C11). If the CD-ROM 44 has been activated for the first time (Yes in step C11), an icon registration program for realizing the icon registration process shown in FIG. 6 is executed, and the date and time at that time are recorded in the activation history file ( In step C12, icons related to various application programs that can be installed from the CD-ROM 44 and various programs (non-installation notification program, program existence determination program) are registered (step C13).
[0068]
On the other hand, the CD-ROM 44 is not started for the first time (No in step C11), but is used to perform an operation for optionally installing various application programs in the CD-ROM 44 or an operation for simply browsing a menu. When activated, such registration processing is not performed.
[0069]
Here, when a predetermined time has elapsed from the date and time of the first startup recorded in the boot history file, that is, when a predetermined time has elapsed since the icon was registered at the time of the first startup and displayed on the menu screen (Step C14: Yes), the PC 41 searches for an icon for which the application program has not been installed among the currently registered icons (Step C15). If there is such an uninstalled icon, the PC 41 determines that the icon is unnecessary, deletes information on the icon from the storage device 42, and deletes it from the menu screen (step C16).
[0070]
In this way, if the actual application program has not been installed from the CD-ROM 44 even after the lapse of the predetermined time, the corresponding icon is deleted as an unnecessary icon.
[0071]
More specifically, for example, it is assumed that the CD-ROM 44 includes 50 types of software S1 to S50. When the CD-ROM 44 is started up for the first time, 50 icons corresponding to the 50 types of software S1 to S50 are created and displayed on the menu screen. After that, it is assumed that the CD-ROM 44 is activated several times and, for example, 30 types of software S1 to S30 of 50 types of software S1 to S50 are actually installed. Here, when a predetermined time (for example, one week) elapses from the first activation of the CD-ROM 44, the icons of the software S31 to S50 that have not been installed are searched for as unnecessary icons, and are deleted from the menu screen. As described above, by deleting unnecessary icons at a predetermined timing, it is possible to prevent the menu screen from being occupied by a large number of icons.
[0072]
Here, the unnecessary icons are deleted based on the elapsed time from the first activation of the CD-ROM 44. However, a function of counting the number of activations of the CD-ROM 44 due to the installation operation is added, and the activation is performed. It is also possible to delete unnecessary icons when the number of times exceeds a predetermined number.
[0073]
FIG. 8 shows a flowchart at this time.
[0074]
That is, with the insertion of the CD-ROM 44, it is first determined whether or not the CD-ROM 44 has been started for the first time, for example, based on the presence or absence of a start history file (step D11). If the CD-ROM 44 has been activated for the first time (Yes in step D11), an icon registration program for realizing the icon registration process shown in FIG. 6 is executed, and the initial value of 1 is recorded in the activation history file as the number of activations. At the same time (step D12), icons and various programs (non-installation notifying program, program existence determining program) relating to various application programs that can be installed from the CD-ROM 44 are registered (step D13).
[0075]
On the other hand, the CD-ROM 44 is not started for the first time (No in step D11), and is used, for example, to perform an operation for optionally installing various application programs in the CD-ROM 44 or an operation for simply browsing a menu. If it has been activated, the number of activations recorded in the activation history file is updated by +1 (step D14).
[0076]
Here, when the number of startups recorded in the startup history file reaches a predetermined number of times, that is, when an icon is registered at the first startup and displayed on the menu screen, installation operations of various application programs for a predetermined number of times have been performed. When the above operation is performed (Yes in step D15), the PC 41 searches for an icon in which the application program is not installed among the icons registered at present (step D16). If there is such an icon that has not been installed, the PC 41 determines that the icon is unnecessary, deletes information related to the icon from the storage device 42, and deletes it from the menu screen (step D17).
[0077]
More specifically, for example, it is assumed that the CD-ROM 44 includes 50 types of software S1 to S50. When the CD-ROM 44 is started up for the first time, 50 icons corresponding to the 50 types of software S1 to S50 are created and displayed on the menu screen. Thereafter, it is assumed that the CD-ROM 44 is started several times and, for example, 30 types of software S1 to S30 among 50 types of software S1 to S50 are actually installed. Here, when the number of activations of the CD-ROM 44 reaches a predetermined number (for example, 10 times), the icons of the software S31 to S50 that have not been installed are searched for as unnecessary icons and are deleted from the menu screen. As described above, even if unnecessary icons are deleted based on the number of times of activation, it is possible to prevent the menu screen from being occupied by a large number of icons as described above.
[0078]
Even when the user accesses the Web site 52 on the Internet 51 and optionally acquires various application programs from the Web site 52 as shown in FIG. After registration, unnecessary icons can be searched for and deleted at a predetermined timing. In this case, the same processing may be performed using the start date and time in FIG. 6 as the access date and time and the number of starts in FIG. 7 as the access count.
[0079]
Further, instead of deleting unnecessary icons when the number of times of activation of the CD-ROM 44 exceeds a predetermined number, when an icon is tapped and an execution request is made and an application program related to the icon is not installed, It is also possible to start the non-installation notification program, count the number of times, and delete the icon as an unnecessary icon when the number reaches a predetermined number or more.
[0080]
The icons, link information, the non-installation notification program, and the like may be written in the storage device of the computer when the CD-ROM is first started or when the web page or the file server is accessed for the first time. It may be configured to write when an instruction is input to perform such processing.
[0081]
The icon deletion program for deleting an icon is configured to write an icon, link information, a non-installation notification program, and the like to a storage device of the computer together with the icon deletion program, and the icon existing on the storage device of the computer. The deletion program may be read and executed. On the other hand, when using an icon deletion program that executes a function of deleting an icon when the number of activations of the CD-ROM becomes equal to or more than a predetermined number, the icon deletion program is not copied to the storage device of the computer. When it is determined that an icon should be deleted, the icon deletion program may be read from the CD-ROM and executed. According to this latter method, it is not necessary to store the icon deletion program in the storage device of the computer, so that the storage capacity can be saved and the copying work can be reduced.
[0082]
Further, when notifying the installation method, the notification may be performed by displaying a sentence explaining the installation method, or guidance using images, moving images, audio, or the like may be used. In addition, a display including a hyperlink or the like may be performed so that the user can easily access a site for downloading the application program or a file such as a CD-ROM. Further, such a site may be automatically displayed, or a file on the CD-ROM may be automatically started.
[0083]
In addition, the method described in each of the embodiments described above may be a program that can be executed by a computer, for example, a recording medium such as a magnetic disk (floppy disk, hard disk, etc.), an optical disk (CD-ROM, DVD, etc.), and a semiconductor memory. To be applied to various devices, or the program itself can be transmitted through a communication medium and applied to various devices. A computer that realizes the present apparatus reads a program recorded on a recording medium, and executes the above-described processing by controlling the operation of the program.
[0084]
【The invention's effect】
As described above in detail, according to the present invention, the types of application programs that can be installed from the outside are presented by icons or the like. You can know. Further, when the application program requested to be executed is not installed, the fact is notified and the installation method is notified, so that the user can easily install the desired application program according to the notification.
[Brief description of the drawings]
FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing a configuration of an information processing apparatus according to a first embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is an exemplary view for explaining an access method for an application program incorporated in a ROM provided in the information processing apparatus and an application program bundled in a CD-ROM.
3A and 3B are diagrams illustrating a display screen of the information processing apparatus when an application is activated, wherein FIG. 3A is a menu screen, FIG. 3B is a non-installation notification screen, and FIG. FIG.
FIG. 4 is a flowchart illustrating an operation of an application execution control process according to the first embodiment.
FIG. 5 is a diagram showing a configuration of an information processing apparatus according to a second embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 6 is a flowchart illustrating an operation of an icon registration process according to the second embodiment.
FIG. 7 is a flowchart illustrating an operation of an icon deletion process according to the second embodiment.
FIG. 8 is a flowchart for explaining the operation of another icon deletion process in the second embodiment.
[Explanation of symbols]
11 CPU
12 Input unit
13 Display unit
14. Storage unit
15 ... CD-ROM drive
16 ... CD-ROM
21 ... ROM
22 ... RAM
31a-31f ... icon
32… Message
41 ... PC
42 ... Storage device
43 ... CD-ROM drive
44 ... CD-ROM
51 ... Internet
52… Web site
53… Web page screen

Claims (9)

  1. An installation means for optionally installing various application programs from outside;
    Storage means for storing the application program installed by the installation means;
    Presenting means for presenting the type of the application program in a predetermined format to allow the user to select an application program to be executed;
    When one of the application programs presented by the presentation unit is requested to be executed, the control unit determines whether or not the application program has been installed in the storage unit, and notifies the user if the application program has not been installed. An information processing apparatus comprising:
  2. A nonvolatile storage unit in which various application programs are stored in advance;
    The control unit determines whether or not the application program requested to be executed is stored in the nonvolatile storage unit in advance, and when the application program is stored in the nonvolatile storage unit in advance, the application program is determined. 2. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the program is read out from the nonvolatile storage means and executed.
  3. The presenting means is for displaying an icon corresponding to the type of the application program that can be installed from the outside on a menu screen,
    2. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising an icon deletion unit that deletes an uninstalled icon from the menu screen at a predetermined timing.
  4. The information processing apparatus according to claim 3, wherein the icon deletion unit deletes the icon from the menu screen when the application program presented by the presentation unit has not been installed for a predetermined time or more.
  5. The icon deletion unit counts the number of times the application program presented by the presentation unit is requested to be executed in an uninstalled state, and deletes the icon from the menu screen when the number reaches a predetermined number. The information processing apparatus according to claim 3, wherein:
  6. The information processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the control unit further notifies an installation method when the application program has not been installed.
  7. A program executed by a computer having a function of optionally installing various application programs from the outside and having a storage device for storing various information including the program,
    To the computer,
    An icon corresponding to the type of the application program that can be externally installed, and a function of writing link information indicating a storage destination of the installed application program to the storage device;
    A function of writing, when the application program whose execution has been requested is not installed, an uninstalled notification program that notifies the storage device to the storage device,
    A program for determining whether or not an application program requested to be executed exists, and writing a program existence determination program for activating either the application program or the non-installation notification program into the storage device.
  8. The program according to claim 7, further comprising an icon deletion program for deleting an icon that has not been installed at a predetermined timing.
  9. The icon deletion program counts the number of times a specific operation for arbitrarily selecting the application program to be externally installed is performed, and deletes an uninstalled icon when the number of times reaches a predetermined number. 9. The program according to claim 8, wherein:
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