Awhile back on one of the "What's your worst repackage ever?" threads, someone mentioned Nugenesis 6.0.1 SR4. Unfortunately, I have been tasked with repackaging this application as well and it is a beast. Multiple installation files, a print driver, etc.

Does anyone have any experience repackaging this application? If so, any suggestions?


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Hi Pudge:

What I think it installs a printer device driver right? If thats the case then I would prefer you to create a wrapper that will call this installation in a silent mode and would be programmed inside an MSI. Since Microsoft also agrees that the best practise is not to repackage device driver,service packs and updates etc. Try this in case you find any problems let me know.
Answered 10/14/2005 by: wiseapp
Second Degree Green Belt

Thanks for the response. Here's what I'll try:

  • Record a response file (setup.iss)
  • Create a wrapper script (using WiseScript) to install using the response file
  • Create an MSI to copy the source files and wrapper script to the target machine

Sound good? Any suggestions?


Answered 10/17/2005 by: PudgeRok
Senior Yellow Belt

Hi Pudge;

You dont require a wise script for this, try this:

1. Record a response file
2. copy the source files to the destination
3. in the MSI Script just after Remove existing products include a custom action Execute Program from installed File
4. Specify the file to execute click on the browse button and it will show you the file browsing dialog choose the location where you installing the file
5. In the command line arguement type /s/v/qn for totally silent installation.

Try this and let me know in case you have any troubles.
Answered 10/17/2005 by: wiseapp
Second Degree Green Belt

Hi all,

Just wanted to follow up on this thread. I was able to get this app packaged as an MSI by doing the following:

  • Record response files to each of the InstallShield setup executables
  • Use AutoIt v3 to automate responses which did not get recorded into the response files
  • Integrate the AutoIt scripts into the MSI as Custom Actions

Thanks wiseapp for all the help!

Answered 10/24/2005 by: PudgeRok
Senior Yellow Belt

My Pleasure! Pudge, I hope now this stalemate is resolved.

Answered 10/24/2005 by: wiseapp
Second Degree Green Belt