Is there any way to populate user data of an application(has no advertise shortcuts) without ActiveSetup concept.


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  • Could you give us more information about why you want this ?
  • Actually there is one that I can think of right now. Create another shortcut that repairs the application like - msiexec /fup {GUID} /quiet and let the users click it before launching the app.
  • Does app your app just not have an advt shortcut, or no shortcuts at all??
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If you dont want to use Active Setup, then you are into...

Logon scripts, GPO's, GPPs, or create a launch script.
If you have some money, you can buy a product, like RES, AppSense, Desktop Authority etc

Answered 05/07/2014 by: Badger
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There are entry points into Windows Installer other than Shortcuts(Self Heal) and ActiveSetup(Repair) to trigger a propergation.

Have a read of the below.


Answered 05/07/2014 by: rileyz
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rileyz points you at a great write-up, and take note that an advertised shortcut is the best option.  If the package doesn't have a shortcut, leverage Active Setup.  It's really easy if you create a REG file that you can import into any project without having to edit it.

It should be noted that it mentions the RUNONCE keys, which will only work for Admins starting with Vista.  Standard Users are unable to leverage them, which is another reason to leverage Active Setup.

Answered 05/07/2014 by: vjaneczko
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