Newb Help

Im not looking for a full tutorial or hours of video to help me really, hopefully just a quick answer and maybe a direction to start in.

Basicly I'm looking to install a set group of programs on fresh windows installs for multiple different computers.
I run a small computer repair business and have a group of programs I install on every fresh install I do.
Stuff like jre, VLC, IE8, FireFox, WMP11 etc. My end goal is to be able to place a single file on the new computer, run it, and have it silently install all the programs I need.

My questions are: Do I need a program like InstallAware to be able to do something like this or is it simple enough to code into a .bat file? Am I even in the right place here? I was hoping someone here could point me in the right direction to get this figured out.

Thanks for your help

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Posted by: mikesyr 13 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
Honestly I would just create a comprehensive .bat file or a .vbs...have the installs run semi silently, so that you can see the progress and when they are done(ie. msiexec with the /qb switch).

This way if versions of the programs change, you can just edit the .bat or .vbs...

I wouldn't delve into anything more complex than that.
Posted by: elgwhoppo 13 years ago
Senior Purple Belt
I agree with Mike, a batch file or VB script should be enough. The tricky part for you will probably be picking out the command lines to silently install the software. This site is a great reference for that, most of the apps you listed have package KB's. Good luck.
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