I have general packaging question on ActiveX. I will get a request next week to package an ActiveX control. I don't know exactly what it will be yet but I wanted to ask this community the following.

How do you package most ActiveX controls? I don't like doing setup captures but this may be something that runs off of a web page. Are their any guidelines for packaging ActiveX stuff?

Sorry to be so vague but I wanted to know how to approach this when it lands in my lap next week.

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Posted by: anonymous_9363 13 years ago
Red Belt
I don't like doing setup captures Why ever not? How do you normally deal with legacy/non-MSI-based installs?

The one piece of advice I'd give you is, depending on which tool you're using, to turn off any use of self-registration. Make the tool use the advertising tables instead.
Posted by: sk 13 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
The only way you don't have to repackage but package is that they provide you the files, the locations and the registry settings, you can forgot that they can provide that to you because that also requires a capture. I recently created a package that installed through a webpage, it was a piece of cake. Ensure your O/S is very clean...
Posted by: mazessj 11 years ago
Blue Belt
[quote]I was able to create the msi from the extracted files, and configured c:\windows\downloaded program files as the destination directory for the files to be copied too, only when I check the folder the files arent there, yet IE will download them to the folder no problem, also I have no permissions to the folder to change the attributes
Downloaded Program Files (the ActiveX Cache Folder) is a special folder (as identified by the hidden desktop.ini file). When you open this folder in Windows Explorer, you get an interpreted view. What you get in this case is a list of registered add-ons. You either have to access the folder from DOS (which doesn't adhere to desktop.ini) or temporarily remove/rename/alter desktop.ini to allow you to view it as a normal folder in Explorer.
BTW, the reason why you don't see your add-on is probably because you excluded the add-on registration information in your package.
Posted by: nevman3311 11 years ago
Yellow Belt
Hi, figured it out, when I ran the installer the downloaded program files folder attribute is set to read only | hidden in windows, ran dir from good old dos and viewed the folders contents.
Sooooo, looks like the install is doing as it is intended...
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