I have an application that I need to give to our remote users. I also have a utility that will allow me to create encrypted runas rights for exe and msi files. After discussion with company that distributes the application they recommend that I use the setup.exe and their setup.ini for customization of the install. MSI an MST is not supported. The problem I am having is If I want to customizedthe install of my application they only offer a run silent option. The user would not know when the install has completed.

Because I was planning on burning the install to a disc and giving it to the end user, when they run the install they can’t see wants going on unless they go to task manager to see when the install is complete.

Is there anyway to script a message at the end of the install that states install successful so that the end user knows that the install is finished.
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Could you use a batch file or a vbscript to run the install silently and display a message depending on the error level,
or just to display a message when install finishes succesfully or not.
Answered 07/14/2007 by: Tone
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Hi Stef,
every Windows (2K and up) supports MSI and MST, which belong to Windows Installer.
Just put a setup.exe bootstrapper around your MSI file. So you can call the MSI from the setup.exe with exactly the command line switches you need.
With Wise and Installshield you get this functionality out of the box.
But you can do it too with only the MSI SDK tools. See:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa368033.aspx
Hope, this gives you an idea.
Regards, Nick
Answered 07/14/2007 by: nheim
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