In our enviroment we have a self developed deployment system where the user install or uninstall softwares from a .Net website.
In our case we need to have Internet Explorer open in the background when we install or uninstall software.

When we try to uninstall Office 2003 we get a promt to close Internet Exporer.
Is there a work around for that promt?
(Maybe change a property in command line for msiexec?)

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JHGBaouns
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ORIGINAL: JHGBaouns
(Maybe change a property in command line for msiexec?)
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JHGBaouns


/qn is the command line argument for totally silent
Answered 01/15/2008 by: aogilmor
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I would use a utility called pskill from sysinternals as it will allow you to kill the iexplore.exe process before uninstallation.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896683.aspx

The above is the link to the exe, I would include it in your msi, have a custom action call it with the correct switches during an uninstallation, voila, iexplore.exe killed, uninstall successful.

P

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Answered 01/16/2008 by: Inabus
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Thanks you for aswers, but it didnt help me in my problem.

ORIGINAL: aogilmor
/qn is the command line argument for totally silent

This is the command we always start installation, though it prompt for Internet Explorer closing.


ORIGINAL: Inabus
I would use a utility called pskill from sysinternals as it will allow you to kill the iexplore.exe process before uninstallation.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896683.aspx

The above is the link to the exe, I would include it in your msi, have a custom action call it with the correct switches during an uninstallation, voila, iexplore.exe killed, uninstall successful.

P

PS, Terms and Conditions apply!

This would help me get rid of the prompt, though I would use scripting from Wise rather then pskill.
But the problem is that the Internet Explorer window is a status window for the installation, it shows what is beeing installed, when its finish and ask for restart.

I would like tho find a way to disable the check for Internet Explorer in Office 2003 uninstallation, maybe its impossible?

/JL
Answered 01/16/2008 by: JHGBaouns
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I would of thought it was impossible as I would assume its there for a reason. If you look at the options in IE under Programs you have links to E-mail, Calendar and Contact List pointing to Outlook, when office is installed so would assume that to change this IE has to be closed. Would of thought there would also be other options floating around like this although dont quote me.

I guess it will come down to do you want office uninstalled or progress bars :)

As for where that checking is happeneing I would of though the Install Conditions or a Custom Action running at the start of the installation. I would check but dont have office on a usb stick to hand so I can look into the MSI.

P
Answered 01/16/2008 by: Inabus
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ORIGINAL: Inabus

I would of thought it was impossible as I would assume its there for a reason. If you look at the options in IE under Programs you have links to E-mail, Calendar and Contact List pointing to Outlook, when office is installed so would assume that to change this IE has to be closed. Would of thought there would also be other options floating around like this although dont quote me.

I guess it will come down to do you want office uninstalled or progress bars :)

As for where that checking is happeneing I would of though the Install Conditions or a Custom Action running at the start of the installation. I would check but dont have office on a usb stick to hand so I can look into the MSI.

P


I guessed it would be easy :-)

I have tried to look at Custom Action but Im too inexperienced to see what it would be.
/JL
Answered 01/16/2008 by: JHGBaouns
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At the risk of complicating things (you say in an earlier post that you're not particularly experienced), my suspicion is that the installer is checking for the process IEXPLORE.EXE and, if it's running, to prompt to kill it.

The complication I mention is that IE can be driven by processes other than IEXPLORE.EXE Could you build some other process (an HTA, for example) for the distribution mechanism? It may seem like overkill just to cater for an Office uninstall but my suspicion is that all Office flavours have *some* dependency on IE or its components.
Answered 01/16/2008 by: VBScab
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ORIGINAL: VBScab

At the risk of complicating things (you say in an earlier post that you're not particularly experienced), my suspicion is that the installer is checking for the process IEXPLORE.EXE and, if it's running, to prompt to kill it.

The complication I mention is that IE can be driven by processes other than IEXPLORE.EXE Could you build some other process (an HTA, for example) for the distribution mechanism? It may seem like overkill just to cater for an Office uninstall but my suspicion is that all Office flavours have *some* dependency on IE or its components.



Hi VBScat
The software distribution system is a system we have used in over 5 years and serves 10.000+ clients and Im not one of the programmers that develop or maintain it. Its rather complexed with integration with some of our economic systems. Rather hard to replace.

Maybe it will be a problem if I even find a way to remove the IE check, but I want to try at least. Though I do not want to change the msi package, my hope is that I can change a property in commandline to msiexec, like you do when you write "TRANSFORMS=Data1.mst".

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JHGBaouns
Answered 01/16/2008 by: JHGBaouns
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ORIGINAL: aogilmor
/qn is the command line argument for totally silent


This is the command we always start installation, though it prompt for Internet Explorer closing.


If that is the case you should log a bug with microsoft because Windows installer documentation states that /qn will install without any prompts, and if there are any errors which prevent the app from being installed they'll be logged in the Event viewer (and any log file specified).
Answered 01/16/2008 by: aogilmor
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