Windows Installer Helper Utility
Posted 07 June 2004 - 04:17 PM
I've created a little tool which can be usefull if combined with unattended windows installation. It let the user decied to choose default user name, computer name, owner name, ... after installation (RunOnce).
It's also possible to select software to install. It's agraphical user interface which let the user decided which additional software on cd should be installed after installation.
Source is freely available, may it could be usefull for someone.
Posted 08 June 2004 - 06:22 AM
Be carefull, or you will be asked to update your program to do everything, including washing the dishes!
I do like the way it looks like a part of Windows. Quite slick, indeed!
Posted 25 June 2004 - 04:14 PM
It's no stable enough to be burned on cd. Please don't forget to set AutoLogonCount > 0 in winnt.sif.
Things that was added in 1.5:
-File-/Registry version compare to prevent installing older or already installed versions
-Several bugs were fixed
-Autoinstall option (see /autoinstall)
-Satus/Error log view is added
Thanks for testing it.
Posted 25 June 2004 - 05:57 PM
1) An option to completely skip the username creation, perhaps by a setting in the ini, so it could be used just to install apps, also with a timer that you have some time to adjust the installed apps and if they aren't adjusted auto install the standard ones
2) A variabele like in XPInstall(now called XPlode), so that you can run your setup files from cdrom
EDIT: it seems already possible, just use no variabele
3) Some kind of way to translate the app
If you could implement those features it would be a killer app
EDIT: also a feature that would auto reboot windows when the installation is completed, perhaps displaying a message with why windows is rebooting and perhaps some kind of flag that sets an app as always installed and optional, the optional apps can be checked off and on, but the always installed apps have no check box.
I know I'm asking a lot but those things would really give your app my number one choice
Posted 25 June 2004 - 07:47 PM
Hmm, my app can run from everywhere ... or what do you mean running from cdrom?
Also already available ... is default setting (see checkbox on last page)
This is also possible right now. You have to add VersionData items in install.ini file. See example install.ini or at my homepage how do do it. Only that each application has a checkbox i.e. user can decide to select or deselect items. If /autoinstall is used, each component will be installed automatically where in ini file keyword default=1. One exception is if VersionData is available and version is older/equal than currently installed one. In this case component will not be installed although default=1.
Posted 26 June 2004 - 05:51 AM
Posted 26 June 2004 - 06:07 AM
Posted 26 June 2004 - 06:16 AM
May be I should turn mousemovement detection off and use keysboard press detection instead.
Posted 26 June 2004 - 06:26 AM
Too bad. Why users still running 2K and don't want to upgrade OS (give money to m$) and can't upgrade hardware are excluded ?
XP OS stuff is builded on the NT / 2K source code with "enhancements".
Could you make your utility 2K compatible or rewrite the code is definitively too hard ?
Posted 26 June 2004 - 06:58 AM
Hmm, ok I'll change it so that wihu /autoinstall 0 will skip the first user creation/settings dialog entirely.