Hi guys, was just wondering if there was any way to do a silent install on a .exe. I have tried the usual /qn or /SILENT switches in the command line but none these seem to work.

The application is Sonar 8 Studio. I tried doing a setup capture of the exe however due to the size of the application (over 3gb) this caused problems when running the msi (around 700mb).
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have you asked the vendor?

Another thing you can do is use process explorer. Open the properties of the exe and under the "strings" tab you will find the parameters listed you can use with the exe. They will be in amongst a load of other stuff though so you'll have to do a bit of diggin. You can save this list to a text file which makes it easier to search as switches are normally preceeded by /
Answered 05/13/2011 by: timmsie
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I have indeed. Both in the Cakewalk forum and emailed technical support. Email support havent got back to me about silent install, but told me there was no msi package available for the software. Their forum said they dont think there is any method of silent install also. I need to find some sort of workaround though...

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Answered 05/13/2011 by: nathan2o11
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Is it an installshield setup ?? also check if this extracts any msi's in the temp folder ,I dont think there should be any issue if you capture the 3gig apps what tool are you using ??? what is the exact issue if you run the captured msi ???
Answered 05/13/2011 by: rajdera1
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No doesnt seem to be an installshield sadly :( I am using Wise Package Studio. Error Message:

Product SONAR 8.5 Studio -- Errir 1719. The Windows Installer service could not be accessed. This can occur if the Windows Installer is not correctly installed. Contact your support personnel for assistance.
Answered 05/13/2011 by: nathan2o11
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see my edit above, with the tip for finding switches. But it looks like you'll have no joy if the vendor says no.

I can't see why you can't capture it though, what's the issue?
Answered 05/13/2011 by: timmsie
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The files that are unpacked into the temp folder arent big enough (also tried running them after extracted). None of them were for the actual application mainly just the C++ redistributable. Will download process explorer but I am running out of ideas tbh.

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Answered 05/13/2011 by: nathan2o11
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You can try to automate installation steps by using AutoIT tool (freeware, http://www.autoitscript.com/site/autoit/)
Answered 05/13/2011 by: itolutions
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I dont know if it makes any difference but there is a bunch of other .bin files in with the setup.exe file?
Answered 05/13/2011 by: nathan2o11
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The application is Sonar 8 Studio. I tried doing a setup capture of the exe however due to the size of the application (over 3gb) this caused problems when running the msi (around 700mb).

did you make an MSI with CABs inside to get it to 700MB? If so see what happens if you build cabs or source outside...
Answered 05/13/2011 by: pjgeutjens
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No I didnt need to make any cabs. There was some folders that were very large for example VSTPlugins. So I put the files on a network share and redirected the registry key to this location. Didnt do anything with cabs.

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Answered 05/13/2011 by: nathan2o11
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Didnt do anything with cabs.Yes, you did. You created an MSI with internal CABs. Look at the Media table: the CAB name will be prefixed with '#', (probably #Data1.CAB).

Change the project so that it uses either external uncompressed files or external CABs and re-try.
Answered 05/13/2011 by: VBScab
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Not sure if you have already tried this, if not u can do this.

Take all the msis out (they should be prerequisites), Intall them first and then run the setup capture, select the cabs outside in the media. This should work.
Answered 05/13/2011 by: naveen.packager
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Sorry for late reply folks, but tried the external cabs, but still getting the same error sadly :( did speed up the install a bit but still getting the error message... Any more ideas?

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Answered 05/16/2011 by: nathan2o11
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It sounds to me like your capture is broken. In your position, I'd re-do the capture, having made sure Wise is set up to use external CABs.
Answered 05/16/2011 by: VBScab
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