document updated 16 years ago, on Mar 7, 2006
gvim.exe can be used as a standalone executable with vimrc in the same directrory, and that's all the installation required.
- Very easy to install/remove/upgrade. Only two files are involved, no registry modifications, and if placed in a directory that's already in the path, then nothing more than two files is needed.
- Starts up faster than standard gvim (especially no blinking!).
- Despite being less capable than a fully-installed gvim, is still more capable than most vi's, and takes only 50% more memory than notepad (3mb vs 2mb on startup).
- No menus, no syntax hilighting, some other nicities not available (since the runtime files are missing)
- vimrc file could possible become difficult to upmerge to new releases if many pieces of runtime files are embedded, though I haven't found this to be the remotest problem yet.