The title explains my question. I think I have read that obeying the dialog box that advises you to close all other applications during the installing of software is there only to prevent the user from having to restart after the install is complete.
I usually don't close my open programs during an install, figuring that if I have to restart, I will do it. However, I can't remember the last time I have had to restart.
Am I running the risk of doing some sort of damage?