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Problem with Visio MSP file

08/28/2008 3736 views
I have been working on getting Visio to install using an MSP. Most of it works fine but no matter what I do I can’t get all of the “Modify user settings” to work. Some seem to work others don’t. I can’t turn autosave on. I can’t make it write setting to the Registry… It seems a lot of the bigger picture settings work but thing like don’t display getting started page don’t.

So you have a better idea of what I am doing.
First ran the /admin
Made a MSP disables the getting started page, turns on auto save to 10 minutes, and writes settings to reg.
Ran setup.exe /adminfile startup.msp
Open visio and check settings and nothings changed.
I have also ran the MSP after install to see if that would change anything and it did nothing.

Any ideas?
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shouldn't you be using an MST (transform file) to make changes to the MSI? An MSP is for patching an install, not just making modifications on installation...
Answered 08/28/2008 by: kiptek
Second Degree Green Belt

I tried running the MSI after you said that and it wont even run on its own.

I have a manual from Microsoft called "Technical reference for the 2007 Office release"

First thing said is: In previous versions of office, you used Windows installer properties to customize and control Office installation. In the 2007 Microsoft Office system, the Setup process is redesigned and most of these functions are replaced by options in the Office Customization Tool or elements in the Config.xml file.

I can customize a lot in the MSP including the product ID license, install in silent mode, but it will not add some of the user settings.

Thanks for the quick reply!
Answered 08/28/2008 by: Heresy
Senior Yellow Belt

ok... visio 2007 & u r using the customization tool..

install to admin point.
launch customization wizard & make ur changes.
copy MSP into updates folder.. i would encourage you to rename the patch. say stick a "1_" in front of it to ensure that it is the one that is laid down with the install.
now deploy & tell us the results.

Also look @ http://itninja.com/question/how-to-associate-vsd-file-to-open-with-internet-explorer & see if any of this applies to you...
Answered 08/28/2008 by: kiptek
Second Degree Green Belt

That didn’t seem to work either. I intend to deploy this as an Altiris package so the net work install isn’t what I want to do. (I tried it any way because at this point I am just looking to see it work the way its suppose to.) I also tried doing the install manually and kicking of the MSP after the install.

It’s really weird. I can shut-off the auto updates, install the license, run the install in silent mode, and run another program after the install from the MSP. It just will not setup any user settings. [:@]
Answered 08/29/2008 by: Heresy
Senior Yellow Belt

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