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I am trying to create a TRANSFORM to install WinZip and automate the license file install/registration. According to the KB http://kb.winzip.com/kb/entry/11/ I just need to add USER_WZMUL_LOCATION in the Property Table and assign it a path (like \\Server\Share\Folder) where the license file "WinZip.wzmul" resides. I did all that but the auto registration does not work. Also I am using the /qb switch but I cannot suppress the two dialog boxes, 1: "Click "Next" to continue...Express or Custom Setup 2: "WinZip needs to associate itself......"

In the Property table of the mst file I am also noticing the following hardcoded paths, not sure what these are and what should I do with these.

DLLPATH I:\NMC\Current\WinZip\Staging\MSI\BldArea
WZMULPATH I:\NMC\Current\WinZip\Staging\MSI\BldArea
SOURCEPATH I:\NMC\Current\WinZip\Staging\MSI\BldArea
GADGETSOURCEPATH I:\NMC\Current\WinZip\Staging\MSI\BldArea\Gadget

Per the above KB article the INSTALLCMD should have the value /autoinstall but I see /msiinstall. I tried changing it /autoinstall but no luck and also I tried /notip /noc4u /msiinstall & /notip /noc4u /autoinstall but same results.

I tried changing ADD_WZUML (also in Property table) from 0 to 1 without any success.

Lastly, there is a dummy file that I see in the File and Folders "CommonAppDataFolder\WinZip\WINZIP.WZUML"...so after the install if I manully replace this file with the actual license file (residing on \\Server\Share\Folder) and launch WinZip, I do not get the Registration dialog box.

BTW, all three files winzip155.msi, winzip155.mst and WINZIP.WZUML reside in the same location (\\Server\Share\Folder). And I am using AdminStudio 10.0 Tuner to create the TRANSFORMS.

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I did package 15.0 with transform with not much difficlulty. There is already a vendor component called "WINZIP.WZMUL_ComApp". I added the license file in this component (overwritten the exisitng one). Also removed the install condition ADD_WZMUL = 1 in the transform. It seems the license file is copied in all users %APPDATA%\WinZip folder.

Though I have a small issue with this version of WinZip, I am OK with it. Initially I thought the transform I created has the issue, but later I installed MSI alone, that is also having the same issue. As soon as I install I do not see the options those I see for WinZip immediately when I right click on a folder. But after using the WinZip couple of times I see them autoimatically populated even w/o any self heal process. Any one knows how to fix this problem?
Answered 05/21/2011 by: lurims
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Any one knows how to fix this problem? It's going to be something in HKCR, isn't it? A simple snapshot while you execute it a couple of times ought to tie it down.
Answered 05/23/2011 by: VBScab
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I did try replacing the file in the "WINZIP.WZMUL_CompApp" (before reading your post today) but I was getting some error (which I don't remember). Is there anything else you had to do after adding the file (like change the file property etc)? I remember when I replaced the file the icon of the file looked weird.
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Answered 05/26/2011 by: Johni
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I haven't packaged WZ 15, I was flying a kite as to why you weren't seeing the right-click menu items.
Answered 05/27/2011 by: VBScab
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ORIGINAL: lurims

I did package 15.0 with transform with not much difficlulty. There is already a vendor component called "WINZIP.WZMUL_ComApp". I added the license file in this component (overwritten the exisitng one). Also removed the install condition ADD_WZMUL = 1 in the transform. It seems the license file is copied in all users %APPDATA%\WinZip folder.

Though I have a small issue with this version of WinZip, I am OK with it. Initially I thought the transform I created has the issue, but later I installed MSI alone, that is also having the same issue. As soon as I install I do not see the options those I see for WinZip immediately when I right click on a folder. But after using the WinZip couple of times I see them autoimatically populated even w/o any self heal process. Any one knows how to fix this problem?



Can someone show me how to add my license file to the MSI / Transform? I looked in the MSI with InstED but couldn't figure out how to add the file.
Answered 07/27/2011 by: Moogie999
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You should not edit vendor-supplied MSIs. Instead you need to create a transform file (MST) which is essentially, a delta on the MSI. Adding a file using a direct editor like InstEdit isn't straightforward, as you need to create a component first, then add your file to the component, as well as to the file table then associate the component with a feature and so on and so on. A proper authoring tool will assist you but it sounds like you may need to start at a more fundamental level first. Understanding Windows Installer terms, its tables and so on is a pre-requisite for proper packaging. Start with Phil Wilson's The Definitive Guide To Windows Installer.
Answered 08/04/2011 by: VBScab
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