I'm enhancing uninstall exe's for our application. We are running Wise InstallManager 7.03. Presently, when users want to uninstall they just delete directories and files. Our uninstall.exe's don't do what we need them to do. How do I make it so that a user can just go to Add/Remove and select 'Remove' to uninstall the application? I'd like to make it so that our uninstall.exe's are invoked from Add/Remove.
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Wow! ... Wise InstallManager 7.03 - you need to upgrade in a MAJOR way.

Heck, at LEAST get to InstallManager 8.14.

Well, if you packaged or repackaged your application(s) using Wise, it should have automatically generated an uninstall solution FOR you.

Specifically, the install.log file created at install-time serves as a guide for an app called unwise.exe, which, when run, undoes everything listed in that file.

Also, unless you have specifically disabled it, a Wise install will put an entry in Add/Remove Programs (registry) for you. This entry contains an uninstall string which runs unwise.exe and points it to the appropriate install.log.

...and so...

If you have Wise installs WITHOUT uninstallation support, as long as you DO have install.log documents, you can manually create the Add/Remove Programs registry entries which run unwise.exe against install.log files.

Good luck to you!
Answered 04/22/2005 by: sean_c_roberts
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You really need to upgrade that for both technical and business perception reasons. An old installer (ESPECIALLY an app that requires manual file deletion to uninstall) will kill the perception of an entire application. You will be MUCH better off in quality and perception if you brought yourself up to date on your installer.

Unless all your customers are still running Windows 98, which Microsoft doesn't even run anymore. (see the perception?)
Answered 04/25/2005 by: VikingLoki
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