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Create a setup response file with:
setup32.exe /creatersp=c:\setup-response.txt

to install, run:
setup32.exe /silent /rspfile=c:\setup-response.txt
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Regarding the ability to apply service packs as silent installs for WordPerfect 9 for Windows. (Document: 202242, 2/24/00) "Users have requested the option to apply service packs through a silent install. This enhancement request has been forwarded to development."

A small shell script is available from the Corel Technical Support ftp site that will perform the install on RPM-based systems. You can download this new script from:

ftp://ftp.corel.com/pub/CorelLinux/installscripts/install.tar

Log onto the system as the root account and uncompress the script into any directory at a console prompt: tar xvf install.tar Insert the WordPerfect installation CD in the CD-ROM drive and again at a console prompt type the following to launch the installation: ./install

Corel 6.0 can be installed to a network by purchasing a site license from Customer Service. The license contains the command line switches for path information, common files and directories. If you wish to install Corel 6.0 as a single user to a network drive, install the application in the usual manner, but when prompted to enter a path for installation, select a network volume drive, i.e.: M drive, instead of the local drive on the workstation. Allow the setup procedure to complete normally.

NOTE: Corel does not support any type of Administrative\Workstation installations unless the user has purchased a network site license.
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This article describes that you have to make the User Registry of the Administrator World writable ...

What you real have to do is to run each of the freshly installed apps once as administrator. This will cause about 2500 (!!!) keys to spring into existence in CLASSES_ROOT ... Once they are created Corel will work well for all users, given they have full control over the Corel install directory and the Corel subkey in the LOCAL MACHINE hive.

For deployment we captured the 2500 additional keys in CLASSES root and use an msi to distribute them along the the silent install of Corel as described above.

So lockdown is not really an option, although you could close some more directories and keys and still keep it working...

There is a second note which I have not yet tested ... it does not make much sense either ... because these keys are just empty upon install.

Source: Contributing Member: oetiker@ee.ethz.ch
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I have used AdminStudio Tuner to create a transform from the native MSI for Corel 10. All I have changed are the installed features. The install works fine for the most part using the command: msiexec /i "coreldraw 10.msi" transforms=transform.mst.

The only problem I've run into is once the it's installed I receive the error messages indicated in Corel's support knowlege base article 206463 when starting the CorelDraw applications.

The solution they give is not the cause of the problem but I've narrowed it down to the fact that when Windows Installer installs the application it doesn't populate some of the path information in the corelapp.ini file located in Program Files\Corel\Graphics10\config. ([d paste it but I just discarded all my changes in the VMWare machine I'm using for testing.) But once I add in the missing path information for those entries it works fine.

Has anyone run into this and found a solution?
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This is what I've done come across so far.

As mentioned in my first post:

Created an MST (this time using Wise Package Studio) to
install features that I want.

I've based the follwing on four different scenarios:

Scenario 1 - Assigning to Computer, running as local admin.

Scenario 2 - Publishing to User, installing/running as local admin

Scenario 3 - Assigning to Computer, running as non-admin.

Scenario 4 - Publishing to Computer, installing/running as non-local admin.


Scenario 1

Problem:

Installed OK. Running the app as local admin you get the errors outlined in Corel KB article 206463.

Some path info doesn't get populated in the corelapp.ini using a GP-based install.

Solution:

Use the solution as given in the article. Copying the coreapp.ini file from the CD or admin install

point fixes the problem.

Making this work 100% automated may be a matter of creating a custom action in the transform copying the

corelapp.ini from the admin point after the install. Have to try it. Let me know if anyone has run

into this and beens successful.

Scenario 2

Problem: See scenario 1

Solution: See scenario 1


Scenario 3

Problem:

Installs OK. Get garbage in the Windows Installer progress display while installing but doesn't seem to

affect the install.

Problem:

Get error outlined Corel KB article 206463 as well as 206870.

Solution:

The first is solved by the solution given in scenario 1.

The second talks about installing SP1 for CorelDraw. Try to do this and it fails because there is some

missing registry info that doesn't get populated by the GP-based install (e.g. serial number).

The SP1 install says that Corel Draw isn't installed. I fixed this by importing some missing reg

entries from a normal CorelDraw install and that allowed me to install the service pack. Follow the

solution provided in article 206870.

Should be able to populate the registry with those entries by adding them to the transform. They are in

HKLM thankfully.

These are the entries:

---- Cut below ---

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\COREL\CorelDRAW\10.0]
"SerialNumber"=""
"Destination"="c:\\Program Files\\Corel\\Graphics10"
"FontsDirectory"="C:\\WINNT\\Fonts"
"ShortcutFolder"="CorelDRAW 10"
"Residual"="0"
"SetupDirectory"=""

--- End Cut ----

Populate empty entries according to your config.


Scenario 4

Problem:

The problem I'm running into is that if I try to publish the app and install it as a non-admin user it

fails. The event in the event log indicates the failure is due to the fact that the user is a non-admin

user.

Have to investigate this further as Windows Installer is running with admin privelages when Assigning or

Publishing a package. I haven't had this problem with any other re-packaged or customised installs.

Solution:

To be announced.


Final notes for now. Will look at creating MSI's for the SP1 and SP2 installs.
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By default it tries to write temporary files in the root folder c:\ which fails as a test user

Add the following lines to corelapp.ini

[Bitmap Tile Manager]
UseRootForSwap=0

This fix requires service pack 1.
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CORELDRAW 10 MSI Installation Problem "HTMLView.ocx failed to register" A programming solution for this problem: Each COM object (dll/ocx/exe) in an MSI installation project should be registered. For this in Visual Studio Installer for each such file set the Register property to "Self-Register". But sometimes during installation a corrupt or locked dll may not get registered leading to an error message (path & module, HRESULT, etc). In such a case the installation may abort rolling back the incomplete installation settings & files. To circumvent this aborting of the installation due to a failed registration of a COM object (dll/ocx/exe), set to "FALSE" the "VITAL" property of each such file in Visual Studio. If a file has its VITAL property as TRUE then the product installation will abort if the file does install properly.

Source: Vivek Krishnan, Software Engineer
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