answer file is a file that can install any software without user interaction during its progress or with no user present at all
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Please do some basic research as you're asking a stupid question.

No there isn't a god file that will install all and any software - but there is job with the title of "Applications Packager" that will almost install any software silently...

Have a look in the Software Tips, that will give you an idea of the work required...

Help yourself first, then we can help you.

The term you want to use is "unattended" or "silent" deployment, mention that and everyone here that does apps packaging will know what you need.

As with cats and rabbits, there is more than one way to skin it. What you asking about is enterprise deployment in a controlled manner, silent deployments. This is a job role in itself and is quite technical, the Software Tips is a great way to start. For example if you looked in software tips, you would of found this:

A perfect example of how to deploy Excel Viewer silently.

When you check the link, you would have noticed there was no use of xml's. Software is a jumble of mess, some silent deployments need xmls, some need switches, other needs proprietary response files (Installshield), some need to repackaged even (into Windows Installer/MSI format, the preferred deployment format).

Answered 11/18/2015 by: rileyz
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  • i know that there is no file that will install all and any software, i mean that i need to know how to create answer file (answer file is a file that can install any software without user interaction during its progress or with no user present at all),, that's what i mean by my question . i gave an example (excel viewer)
    i do researches already and I found that i need to do it by xml commands.. i just don't know how to start
    kindly check this link :
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There is no such verb as "to of". There is, however, the verb "to have".

No slight intended, it's just that for many participants here, English is not their first language.
Answered 11/18/2015 by: VBScab
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ahhh bless.

So your 'piece of string question' you ask to install 'any software' but then do a 'such as Excel viewer'.


You have made it this site, so, read up on each app you have to do, and also, just try installing it and have a play with the app. Look at vendor support sites, there is plenty of information on the Microsoft site for deploying office using the XML files. They generally fit across the family of apps. Most of them have pretty good info on doing silent installs, some don't, that's what makes it 'fun'.

Good luck

Answered 11/26/2015 by: Badger
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