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  • Wrappers and automated installs

    I run a computer business and install some programs repeatedly. I have the XP install automated, but many AV and misc programs, I would like to automate their installation as well.

    What is the best method, if a program doesn't have install switches (ie /a), to install these programs? I've worked with scripts and some wrappers, but I didn't run across a program that will help automate install of general programs.

    Any Suggestions?
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    Re: Wrappers and automated installs

    You can create your own MSI files, but a lot do have switches
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    • #3
      Re: Wrappers and automated installs

      I would use Ghost Images for that. Easy, fast and efficent. Create a base image for different OS/SW combinations (Providing we are talking about freeware or software that can be registered after they have been installed).
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      • #4
        Re: Wrappers and automated installs

        Similar suggestion to L4ndy's, if you've got an AD Domain I'd use Windows Deployment Services and add the apps to a custom image. It takes a bit of time to build and capture images, but once you have done it you can do a full XP install in about 15 minutes.
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        • #5
          Re: Wrappers and automated installs

          As told by "L4ndy" u can use ghost images if u r using same kind of hardwared computers , ie; tht if u r using the intel g31 motherboard original one in all system , then u can install the OS and the softwares wat u want in tht and take a ghost backup to a file and then from next system u can just restore the same file to the hdd ...........even with partition and also without partition.........it is a nice tool to use and a simple one....

          OR ELSE u can visit this website for more unattended setup informations

          http://unattended.msfn.org/unattended.xp/view/web/1/

          U can use almeza software for making softwares unattended too...
          Last edited by Wired; 10th March 2010, 19:40. Reason: removed live link

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