Power Technology DFX

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Rated 1 / 5 (Very Easy) based on 3 ratings
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Command Line
Windows 2000 Silent Installation:
MPSetup.EXE /Q:A /R:N /C:"setup_wm.exe /Q:A /R:N"

Windows XP Silent Installation:
MPSetupXP.EXE /Q:A /R:N /C:"setup_wm.exe /DisallowSystemRestore /Q:A /R:N"
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However, the mpedp doesn't create an MSI that runs with elevated privileges! You need to create your own MSI to accomplish that.

If a silent remove is needed:
setup_wm.exe /Uninstall

For a real silent uninstall, be sure to edit the %SystemRoot%\Inf\wmp.inf. Remove or comment-out the BeginPrompt & EndPrompt entries in the Uninstall sections and change the SmartReboot to Y (reboot) or N (no reboot).
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When doing a silent installation in Windows 2000, you can pass the setup_wm.exe the /Q:A /R:N switches from the command line. However, when running this from Windows XP, the user is presented with a warning about using System Restore even when using the /Q:A switch. You can overcome this by passing the setup_wm.exe the /DisallowSystemRestore switch.

I found this switch along with the /NoMigrate switch in one of the INI files in the compressed setup file. By viewing the setup_wm.exe in notepad, I think there may be several more of interest, but I don't know what they do. If anyone has any idea, feel free to post.

/NoPID
/NoSilentPlayerWarning
/ShowWMP /SetShowState
/HideWMP /SetShowState
/SetWMPAsDefault
/SkipPrivacy
/AcceptedPrivacyStatement

As I havent seen any documentation about a silent installation of Windows Media Player 9 from Microsoft, these switches are just a guess. I didn't investigate them too much as the /DisallowSystemRestore switch solved my problem.
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The following information was tested on Windows XP (not Windows 2000):

Not all of the above are switches that can be added to the command line. However, /NoMigrate disables a prompt for how you want to accomplish the upgrade to Media Player 9 (whether the prompt would normally display depends on several factors). If you are deploying over a network to a large number of users, or adding Media Player to an image (e.g., a GHOST image), then it may be worthwhile to consider the following issues that normally arise AFTER the installation, the first time Media Player is launched:

First is the acceptance of the EULA, which can be automated by making the following registry change:

KEY: HKLM\Software\Classes\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences
VALUE: AcceptedEULA
TYPE: REG_DWORD
DATA: 1

Next, is is the acceptance of the Privacy Statement, which can be automated by making the following registry change:

KEY: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences
VALUE: AcceptedPrivacyStatement
TYPE: REG_DWORD
DATA: 1

Finally, there is the need to decide which media types will be associated with Media Player. To accept the defaults (which is just about all of them), add the /SetWMPAsDefault switch to the installation command line.

By taking the above steps, you ensure that Media Player will simply launch, without asking the user a bunch of questions (though the Privacy Statement could prevent a challenge since it's a per-user setting).
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Windows Media Player 9 Enterprise Deployment Pack is now available. This will allow you to fully customize the Media Player and allow for a silent install as well, all created into an MSI. Available here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/default.asp

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I'll second the previous post. The Enterprise Deployment tools are great, especially in a business environment because you want all the user settings to be the same, etc..

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Win2K Silent Install via SMS

MPSetup.EXE /Q:A /R:N

Can be a slow install but works in the backround
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When Internet Explorer is locked down with "Run ActiveX controls and plugins" set to "Administrator approved" the "Media Player" GPO setting under "Administrator Approved Controls" does not allow the Media Player 9 control to be used. This affects WWW sites like cnn.com that require Media Player 9.

The following ADM template sets up a "Media Player 9" setting in the "Administrator Approved Controls" Group Policy:

; ADM template for Windows Media Player 9

CLASS USER
CATEGORY "Windows Components"
CATEGORY "Internet Explorer"
CATEGORY "Administrator Approved Controls"
KEYNAME "Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\AllowedControls"

POLICY "Media Player 9"
EXPLAIN "Allow or deny access to the media player 9 control."
PART "Media Player 9" CHECKBOX
VALUENAME {6BF52A52-394A-11D3-B153-00C04F79FAA6}
VALUEON NUMERIC 0
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 1
END PART
END POLICY

END CATEGORY ;; AdminApproved
END CATEGORY ;; Internet Explorer
END CATEGORY ;; WindowsComponents
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