I need to distribute the windows XP service pack 2.
My requirements are :
- Display (at least) a progress bar
- do not allow user interaction (no cancel)

I've tested two modes but no one satisfy my requirements:
1) unattended mode. Display a minimal GUI but the user can cancel the installation during file decompression or system check
2) Quiet mode. User cannot cancel but there is no progress bar.

Has someone an idea to meet these two requirements ?

Note: We use our own distrbution tool based on psexec (sms is not yet available in our company)

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Have you looked on the MS Support site....they have some scenarios laid out there for different requirements. Perhaps one will suit your needs
Answered 11/08/2004 by: MSIMaker
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I've read a lot on Microsoft's web site.
Can you post a link, so that we are sure that we are talking about same documents ?

Answered 11/08/2004 by: LMichel
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If you don't find any solution on MS site and you have to get creative, you could wrap it in an MSI (i.e. call an external .exe via custom action). That way the MSI will provide the user interface you want and SP2 will run quiet.

...but I'd only go that route as a last resort.
Answered 11/08/2004 by: VikingLoki
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There is a file called update.msi but When I try to build a transform file, I get the error : update.msi does not support admin install
Answered 11/10/2004 by: LMichel
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Installing SP2
new command-line switches for the package
/quiet (doesn’t ask any questions, no display)
/passive (unattended with a progress bar)
/n (do not create backup for uninstall)
/o (overwrite newer OEM files w/o prompt)
/f (force apps closed when rebooting)
/forcerestart and /norestart control reboot
/uninstall (starts uninstalling)
-x (extract files to a directory)
/l (list installed updates/hotfixes)
/integrate:fullpath slipstreams
/d:path place to put back up files
Answered 11/15/2004 by: Garrett
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It's seems that the MSI file (update.msi) is attended for use with GPO only. It's not possible to create a .MST or running the .MSI using msiexec.
The package must be "machine assigned"
Answered 11/22/2004 by: LMichel
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