When im running the command C:\setup.exe /r /f1"c:\test\answerfile.iss" it doesnt create an the iss file. I have tried to just use the /r switch so it saves it to the default C:\windows\ directory but that doesnt work either? I've tried XP and win 7 machines, tried the /r and -r switches, ensured i can create a file in the c:\test\ folder and C:\windows folder. Can someone please shed some light on this?

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What application is it? Are you sure it is an InstallShield based setup? You might try -r instead of /r (but it should not matter). Even if it is an InstallShield setup, it is possible the author of the installer supressed this capability for some reason. 

Answered 08/15/2012 by: bkelly
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  • It is indeed a installShield based setup, It's Sage accounts line 50, I have the accounts.msi but it wont let me open it, it says use setup.exe.
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For MSI-based installs, I've found that InstallShield sometimes won't allow you to create a response file.  In these cases, there is a command line variant that allows for a silent install or a limited amount of customization.  For example:

setup.exe /s /v/qn

The above sends a "/s" to the executable to tell it to be silent.  The "/v" passes the rest of the command line (in this case the "/qn") on to the MSI.

I've got an article on my blog that talks about InstallShield installers and how to get them to deploy silently.  It may help:

http://wdasite.com/2012/12/installshield-for-adminstratorspart-1/

 

 

Answered 12/12/2012 by: msalsbury
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How about trying to get the msi from setup.exe?

Answered 08/15/2012 by: SnowLyric
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If it is an Installshield application you should be able to create an iss file. Use 7zip and see if you are able to extract the MSI from setup.exe

Answered 08/16/2012 by: piyushnasa
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Did you try /?

Answered 08/15/2012 by: jagadeish
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