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Circuit Wizard 3 - Unattended Install

11/26/2015 3585 views

I have some software called Circuit Wizard that I need to install across the network however the manufacturer has given some very old notes, that in my experience doesn't appear to work.


What I have is a serial number to apply to the initial install and then when you open the software for the first time it asks for an 'unlock code'. I wondered if anyone else has ever come across this software and managed to deploy it?

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Hi Phil,

I have tried the Copy&Paste option and ran a shortcut, but it just pops up saying 'Circuit Wizard hasn't been installed correctly'. I'm happy to share the installation files, if you have the time to take a quick look?

Answered 12/04/2015 by: Liam86
White Belt

  • Hi Liam
    I just downloaded the Demo version and copied to the Installation Directory to anther machine and it just run. Perhaps the licensed version writes information to the registry. Do you have a capture tool?
    • I have Advanced Installer 12.5. Not sure if that will do the job? I just ran the executable and thought I'd check the %temp% folder and found an MSI hidden in there though if I try to launch it is says 'This installation can not be run directly by launching the MSI package: you must run setup.exe'.
      • Hi that's probably due to missing IS runtimes. As I mentioned, it's an MSI wrapper around an InstallScript installation. In your case I would repackage it. Let me know where your sources are and I will have a look. Are you a KACE customer? PM / Mail me if possible
        p.benson AT raynet.de
  • I've dropped you a mail, not sure if you received it? Once you've acknowledged then I'll send over the install files
I haven't packaged it. But can guide you.Check whether it has a vendor msi build inside first. If it doesn't then it's safe to do capture.
You can setup capture the application using tools like Adminstudio repackager, Appdeploy and create a windows installer (.msi) package. You can make everything (serial number, unlock code) included within the msi package and run it silently using windows installer silent switch /qn

Answered 11/26/2015 by: apptopack
Red Belt

I have extracted the setup.exe file and it does have a instmsi.msi but if I try to run it it says "There is a problem with this Windows installer package. A program required for this install to complete could not be run.". I'm not familiar with the capturing process, I take it it is better to do it on a fresh install of the OS (Win7 x64 in this case)? Would you recommend one over the other out of Adminstudio or Appdeploy for a complete novice? 

Your help is much appreciated.
Answered 11/26/2015 by: Liam86
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this seems to be an InstallScript msi. As far as I can tell, you will have two msi in your %temp% folder. Once called "isscript.msi" and the other is the actual application (in my case, as I can only get hold of the demo / education version) this is called "Circuit Wizard 3 Education Demo".
To say that these types of MSI are s**te is being polite (missing 'h' and 'i'). They are basically a "MSI" wrapper around the InstallScript logic and functionality. As is, I had a quick look and you are lucky, it's just a Copy&Paste installation with the creation of a short-cut. It runs "as-is" as a normal user, so if you have a packaging tool, you create a simple package with a  short-cut and you are good to go.


Answered 11/27/2015 by: Pressanykey
Red Belt

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