I would like some opinions whether or not it's still considered "best practice' to capture (via Wise or Installshield) on a clean machine under Windows 7 or... Would you install core apps like Office 2010 and Acrobat reader on this "clean machine".

What are your experiances with either one and a few reasons why you chose one over the other.

 

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I agree with the other commenters.  I try to keep my packaging VMs as clean as is practical.  If I am packaging something like a Java application, I'll add a JRE to the snapshot before packaging the application, then delete that snapshot when I am finished.  You want to be sure you can capture every change the installer makes, and not have to wade through a bunch of unrelated changes made by other software running on the machine.  A clean machine is one of the best ways to do that.  It will save you time and trouble in the long run.

Answered 12/12/2012 by: msalsbury
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I would still use a clean image, and install any prerequisite software on an as-needed basis when required by the application you package.

Answered 10/16/2012 by: pjgeutjens
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clean the machine before you take capture is a good practice. otherwise you have to waste your time to remove those junk entries..

Answered 10/16/2012 by: anshul
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its a good practice to clean the machine before taking capture otherwise a lot of junk entries will be captured

Answered 10/16/2012 by: anshul
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You want to see every change that the install makes, right?  Why take the risk of preinstalled software preventing a ciritical application component from being installed?  Make the assumption that you need to know exactly what is being installed on the machine - you can always remove it later if need be.  Ask yourself this question: will I always be installing those versions of Office and Acrobat and never patching or updating them?  If you will never update/patch, get out of that environment while you can.  Otherwise, make the assumption that those apps will not always be there in that state. 

Answered 10/16/2012 by: Arminius
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