Does anyone know a solution so that users can see a progress bar in windows 7 when deploying software using a different username (admin account) (ofcourse with /passive)

It seems that the progress windows runs on the desktop of the admin account which is not visible for the user.


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  • err, what deployment tool are you using?
  • Altiris DS 6.9 SP5
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with an msi use msiexec /i "setup.msi"/qb-   Displays a basic user interface with no modal dialog boxes.

Running an msi installation with other installation task in silent mode with progress bar only was not a convenient solution to our requirements, and since running an msi installer does not include the possibility to use a callback function to get the installation progress (other than functions to copy, download or unzip files do), I have messed around with several attempts to fake the display of the installation progress, unfortunately with mediocre results. So I ended up with showing an animated GIF image (requires plug-in available http://www.amsplugins.com/details.asp?id=97).

Answered 08/30/2013 by: tecrumors
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  • Are you saying that MSI only uses file copy, download, or unzip to determine progress of install? I thought that it uses the InstallExecuteSequence (or which ever mode its in) to determine how far along the process is... After all when you look below the progress bar, it is showing you messages about where it is in the process.
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