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Pace MSI Generator - change default check-box selections

01/18/2018 846 views
Other than a monumentally fudged solution, like using an AutoIt script, how can I alter the default selections for the different check-boxes on MSI Generator's first screen after selecting 'Take system snapshot' so that they're checked/unchecked every time? I want to uncheck:

- any local drive that isn't C:
- Permissions
- Services
- Printers
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The default settings of the snapshotting function are stored in the "ScannedResources" section of the "snapshot.config" file, located at "%localappdata%\MSI Generator". By default, the settings string is the following: <ScannedResources registry="*" localdrives="*" permissions="true" services="true" devices="true" />

In order to uncheck the following scanning areas:
- any local drive that isn't C:
- Permissions
- Services
- Printers

Replace the existing settings string with the <ScannedResources registry="HKLM HKCU" localdrives="C:" permissions="false" services="false" devices="false" />

Please note that this configuration file was not initially designed to enable users to customize the default settings. If you use features that can modify this configuration file, for example, if you run "Capture installation" Wizard, such features can change parameters back to their default settings.
Answered 01/19/2018 by: pace-support
2nd Degree Black Belt

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if I remember correctly all of the settings are stored in an xml file in the user localappdata directory... but that was a few versions ago...
I think it is part of the exclusion list settings, but could be wrong... as far as I remember there are alot of things that you can set that are not exposed via the UI...

Answered 01/18/2018 by: Pressanykey
Red Belt

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