Hi Everyone

What I have with me is an outlook add-in which is just becoming a pain in the neck in all ways possible.
Its a VSTO add-in for Outlook 2003. We got this request because the add-in is installed per-user and doesn't appear for other users. We need to make this work for all the users on the system.
The pre-requisites for this app are O2003pia.msi, vstor.exe, vstolp20.exe, extensibilitymsm.msi, lockbackRegKey.msi. These are all bundled in one ISO_prereq.exe.
I know this because all these get extracted and disappear from temp in a jiffy.
I tried to capture the rest of the installation, but my MSI just wouldn't work for even the user who installs it.
The files are installed into the folder "C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Local Settings\Application Data\Verizon\Conferencing\InstantScheduler". There is also one file which goes into "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\ADDINS\OTKLoadr.dll"
There are also the add-in registries that go into HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\Outlook\Addins\InstantScheduler.

I have tried manually trying to make the add-in appear in outlook for other users by moving HKCU keys to HKLM, copying user specific files, but in vain. From what I have read online, if the HKCU keys in the setup project (the vsto add-in) are modified to go to HKLM, apparently things are fine. I have no idea which file needs to be modified in my case and how.. from a packager perspective, this is really frustrating ..
I just want to know if anyone could ever succesfully install a vsto add-in to outlook for all users on a machine and how :-(
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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You need to find out which feature in which package installs the files to the user profile, along with the one - if different - which installs the registry value. If the feature has an advertised entry-point, such as a shortcut, then you need to create a user feature, move the feature above so that it becomes a child of the feature containing the entry-point. That way, self-healing will kick in when the entry-point is triggered and will install the user-level stuff.

If there is no advertised entry-point for the feature, use Active Setup. Remember that AS does not self-repair so if components get deleted, the WI engine won't fix them.
Answered 02/19/2010 by: VBScab
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Thanks for your support. The MSIs i mentioned are the prerequisites.. None of those actually have the add-in files in it.
After the pre-requisites install, there is something more to the installation that goes on, and I have captured the files and registries put in during that time, but those alone do not make the add-in appear in outlook.
The worst part is the main setup doesn't even install silently. (Even if i want to just push the app for that particular user)
Answered 02/19/2010 by: msi_support
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Fine, so it sounds like you have an MSI created from a capture? Excellent: you can create your own feature tree if you have an entry-point. I'll bet at least ONE of the support files registers a bunch of objects, in which case you can use COM advertising.
Answered 02/19/2010 by: VBScab
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