I am attempting to build a silent install for WinZip 8.1.1. The job works properly and installs for each user as expected. However, I want to avoid having the WinZip Quick Pick start in the systray. I have been combing through registry keys in an attempt to prevent this from happening. There doesn't seem to be any reg keys or ini file settings to do this that will apply to all users with the exception of using a batch file to run for every user. Does anyone know of a better way to accomplish my goal?
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I know its silly but there is no reg key for this setting. At least none that I could find either.

So what I did was to capture the Winzip installation and after its fully installed, go to Configuration --> System and turn off the Quick Pick system tray icon by unclicking it and then Apply and close Winzip. Stop your capture there and save.
Answered 03/24/2004 by: MSIMaker
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http://www.winzip.com/xsiteins81.htm#silent

How do I install WinZip site licenses in a networked environment?

Please keep in mind that all site licenses are sold subject to the WinZip License Agreement (unless you have a different license agreement signed by WinZip Computing, Inc). These instructions apply to WinZip 8.1 only, and assume you are running Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP. If you are running WinZip 9.0, please click here.

Contents:

Simple Installs: each user runs install procedure
Running WinZip from a local drive
Running WinZip from a network drive ("zero footprint install")
Unattended Installs
The /Autoinstall Option
Special Considerations for multi-user NT-based machines
Silent (On Demand) Installs (AUTOINST.TXT)
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Simple Installs: Each User Runs Install Procedure

Running WinZip From a Local Drive

Follow these steps for a simple install where each user runs WinZip from a copy installed on a local drive:

Network Administrator One-Time-Only Setup: From WinZip 8.1 distribution CD, copy the WinZip subfolder of the CD to a network drive accessible to your users. For example, if your CD drive is d: and your network drive is n:, you would copy d:\WinZip to n:\WinZip.
User Setup (repeated for each user): run setup.exe from the folder specified by the network administrator. Using the example folder above, the user would run the command

n:\winzip\setup
Running WinZip From a Network Drive ("zero footprint install")

Follow these steps for a simple install where each user runs WinZip from a copy installed on a network drive:

Network Administrator One-Time-Only Setup: follow the instructions on the WinZip distribution CD or diskette to install WinZip. When prompted for a destination folder, specify a location on a network disk (for example, n:\winzip).
Note: if you are upgrading to WinZip 8.1 from a previous version of WinZip installed on a shared network drive, we suggest that you uninstall the previous version of WinZip (and delete any files left in the WinZip folder) before installing WinZip 8.1.

User Setup (repeated for each user): run winzip32.exe from the folder specified by the network administrator. Using the example folder above, the user would run the command

n:\winzip\winzip32
The first time WinZip is run, it will install its program shortcuts, registry information, etc., on the local workstation. The program files will load from the network drive every time WinZip is run.
Unattended Installs

The /Autoinstall Option

Unattended installs can be managed by packages like Microsoft's System Management Server (SMS). This involves the following steps:

Network Administrator One-Time-Only Setup: follow the instructions on the WinZip distribution CD or diskette to install WinZip. When prompted for a destination folder, specify a location on a network disk (for example, n:\winzip).
Note: if you are upgrading to WinZip 8.1 from a previous version of WinZip installed on a shared network drive, we suggest that you uninstall the previous version of WinZip (and delete any files left in the WinZip folder) before installing WinZip 8.1.


User Setup (repeated for each user, usually by a software robot): run winzip32.exe from the folder specified by the network administrator, specifying the /autoinstall switch on the command line. Using the example folder above, the command would be
n:\winzip\winzip32.exe /autoinstall
The /autoinstall switch installs WinZip with the default options using the Classic interface, as if the user had manually selected the "Express Install" option.
Alternatively, you may use the /autoinstallrun in place of /autoinstall. /autoinstallrun is the same as /autoinstall, except that /autoinstallrun also causes WinZip to run.

You may also specify the /noqp switch to prevent WinZip from including the WinZip Quick Pick icon in the taskbar tray, e.g.,

n:\winzip\winzip32.exe /noqp /autoinstall
After running WinZip with one of the above switches, you can remove shortcuts, modify the WinZip section of the registry, or make other configuration changes. The primary registry key used for WinZip configuration settings is HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Nico Mak Computing/WinZip. Some subkeys of this registry key are mirrored in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Nico Mak Computing/WinZip. Note that WinZip registers its shell extension and file associations in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.


Local Copies of the WinZip Files: If you would prefer your workstations to have local copies of WinZip instead of running WinZip from a network, first copy the WinZip folder and all its files to the local machine. Then run the copy of WinZip on the local machine with the chosen command line switch (for example, /autoinstall).
Special Considerations for Multi-User NT-Based Machines

Under Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP, a full WinZip install must be done from an account with Administrator or Power User privileges. These privileges are required to install any program that includes a shell extension, such as WinZip.

Also note that the WinZip icons that normally appear on the Desktop and in the Start menu are installed for all users.

For example, if your Windows NT folder is named c:\winnt, the shortcuts will be added to the two folders

c:\winnt\profiles\All Users\Desktop
c:\winnt\profiles\All Users\Start Menu

If you are using Windows 2000 or Windows XP, the shortcuts will be added to the two folders

c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu

Silent (On Demand) Installs (AUTOINST.TXT)

In some network environments, WinZip may repeat the installation process (including the Setup Wizard) each time it is run from a workstation. This occurs when the network environment does not preserve WinZip's user registry settings between WinZip sessions.

If you encounter this situation, you can eliminate the repetitive installation process by creating a file called AUTOINST.TXT in each WinZip folder. This file, which must be a plain text file, must contain this exact text:

I agree to the WinZip Computing License Agreement

If this file is present and contains the specified text, WinZip will silently re-create the required registry information as needed each time it is run and your users will not see the Setup Wizard.

Note: if you are upgrading to WinZip 8.1 from a previous version of WinZip installed on a shared network drive, we suggest that you uninstall the previous version of WinZip (and delete any files left in the WinZip folder) before installing WinZip 8.1 and adding AUTOINST.TXT. Alternatively, you can simply look for the file WZSHLEXT.DLL in the WinZip folder. If it exists, delete the file.
Answered 05/27/2004 by: matrixnz
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Don't know if it is still a problem but in Winzip 8.1 the so called "network install" still required the software to be reregistered on a per user basis, so even if the user had the reg codes, in a locked down environement they could not access the area of the registry to in HKey Current User to register it. They chose a really bad way to do product registration, therefore we chose not to use the software. If you have not bought it yet, I suggest that you look at Software 995 products. We puirchased the entire suite of software for $2 USD per license on a 1000 license order.
Answered 05/27/2004 by: cdupuis
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and by the way the winzip quick pick in located in the start menu under Programs\startup. Delete that and it goes away. There is a preference setting in Winzip, but all that does it delete the same shortcut.
Answered 05/27/2004 by: cdupuis
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One tip with Winzip especially is to make a unique key in HKCU otherwise you will have problems when you upgrade.

Make a key like HKCU\Software\[Your Company Name]\AppName\msi Version#

If you dont then the new CU info wont be injected for the user and will unregister Winzip.
Answered 05/28/2004 by: MSIMaker
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