I am unpacking and redeploying Google Earth 5, they have changed the internals of the package a little and wondered if anyone else had done the same.
Ran strings over the updater and got the full file download at http://dl.google.com/packdata/ci_earth/peruser/googleearthsetup.exe
They have an annoying habit of double packing the installer, after running I probed the temp folder and got the installer
GoogleEarth-Win-Plus-PerUser-5.0.11337.1968.exe....
This is
At this point the name had me a little worried, I cannot seem to install this any way other than per User? Anyone else have any luck or know if a product like GE Pro will install in a traditional per machine context?
The reason for the per machine as we run a security context where users cannot run applications in areas they have write access to, ie:Admin deployment only.
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I had the wrong downloader...


http://dl.google.com/earth/client/GE5/release_5_0/GoogleEarth-Win-Plus-5.0.11337.1968.exe

you can deploy this executable silently with an additional
/S /v"/qn ALLUSERS=2"
Answered 02/08/2009 by: michaeltrs2004
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Hi Guys.

Sorry if you feel I have hijacked this thread...
I have deployed GE 5 but everytime a new user logs onto the machine it shows the tips page when the tick box is ticked then it is not shown again.
I have opened the MSI with orca and under the registry table in teh name collum there is a component called enable tips, this is set to false but it still shows the tips when a new user logs on, is there a way to stop these tips from showing to a new user ?

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Answered 03/09/2009 by: ECC
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You need to identify the flag (e.g. registry / config file) which is being changed when you check that box.

A basic utility like regshot will do the trick. Once you've found the required setting (probably a HKCU setting) add it to your package, of course making sure the setting is created for the current user via self-healing...

Cheers,
Rob.
Answered 03/09/2009 by: MSIPackager
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REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Google\Google Earth Plus" /v enableTips /t REG_SZ /d false /f

either run this as a group policy or add it using a TRANSFORM

There are also plenty of other values under that key that look interesting...
Answered 03/09/2009 by: michaeltrs2004
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Simon,

Since you have found the key, you need to create an entry in the registry table and add it to a current user component (there is probably already one in the package installing other CU keys).

Provided the keypath for this component is one of the CU keys (it should be otherwise you'd get a validation error) and the shortcut is advertised (points to a feature) it will repair for each user that logs on and write the missing CU keys.

I'm sure there are loads of posts on here with more detail if you need it - e.g. http://itninja.com/question/gnu,-freeware-and-shareware-programs-to-cloning5730&mpage=1&key=&#45738

Although it would work, I wouldn't advise delivering this setting via Group Policy - keep it tidy and deliver it with via MSI / MST.

Regards,
Rob.
Answered 03/10/2009 by: MSIPackager
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Rob To The Rescue once again
Answered 03/11/2009 by: ditch_nz
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Hey Ditch, you must be bored to be posting on here... [;)]
Answered 03/12/2009 by: MSIPackager
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You can deploy this executable silently with an additional

/S /v"/qn ALLUSERS=2"


Ive been looking around and I have seen the use of "ALLUSERS=2" and "ALLUSERS=1" but
there is no explination as to what this switch does. Anyone care to shed some light
on this switch.

Thanks, Brian
Answered 05/07/2009 by: bderderian
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