12/04/2009 2891 views
I have packaged up an application using AdminStudio 8.0 and during my testing i noticed that when i try to save a file within that application it does not open and the application is not associated to that file. When checking the "file types assoication" the application name is listed beside the extension, but the icon file looks as if the program is not installed. Obviously with the source CD installed manually there were no issues, so there is something missing between the source cd installation and the capture to the irp/ism files.
Any insight you guys have will be much appreciated.
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Whenever I re-package, I ALWAYS do a test install using this procedure:

- run my MSI
- start a lightweight snapshotting tool (e.g. InstallWatch)
- take a 'Before' snapshot
- remove any file or registry data that indicates to the original installer that the product is installed
- run the vendor install again
- you *may* want to start the app so that you capture any configuration that it might make
- take an 'After' snapshot
- add any relevant file or registry data to my package
- repeat

This way, I know that my package exactly reproduces the vendor's installation.
Answered 12/06/2009 by: VBScab
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i was able to get the associations/icons set up properly. now i am running into an issue where after opening up the application package i created, i test/save a file, and try to re-open the file i saved with the application closed. when i try to open up the file i get an error stating "action only valid for products that are currently installed".
I have checked registry entries and the "file types" and saw the command for &open pointing to the executable file for the application however still getting the error message.
Answered 12/07/2009 by: choist
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just as a side note to the above, when going to the file i saved in windows explorer the file does not open with the program. however if i open up the program again and file-open the file i saved within the app, it opens up no problem.
Answered 12/07/2009 by: choist
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when going to the file i saved in windows explorer the file does not open with the program...so the association is NOT set up properly! :)

As to the message you're seeing, it seems you also have an incorrect advertising set-up for the association. Does the package validate OK?
Answered 12/08/2009 by: VBScab
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