Repackaging Adobe Postscript Printer Driver 1.x

Hi All !

I am kinda new to the packaging world. I just need a little info to get started on this application that I am tryin to package, Adobe Postscript Printer Driver 1.0. When I run the set up manually, I have to specify if its a local printer or network printer and all that. After googlin out for other options I tried to do a silent install by running setup.exe /s from command line but that doesnt do anything for me.

I've tried as much as I could by myself and am just seeking a way to get started on this app. Thanks !

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Posted by: anonymous_9363 13 years ago
Red Belt
- Clear out your %TEMP% folder
- Run the set-up stub with no switches.
- At the first screen, normally a 'Welcome' screen, check the %TEMP% folder for an MSI. If you find one, copy it somewhere (using a more meaningful name) and use that. You may have add a property called ISSETUPDRIVEN (using a transform) to fool the MSI that it was run by the stub, but this isn't always the case.

If there's no MSI, you should probably try Adobe.com for answers. BTW, when I looked, the only available PS driver was for Win 9x and was version 4.2, minimum, dated 1999! Are you sure you want to install this?!?
Posted by: shiva2golu 13 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
Hi VBScab

The exe file when executed does not extract a msi into the temp folder.
About the PS Driver 4.2 for Win 9x, which you mentioned, I am not aware of that. Heres the link that might help to understand what I am trying to get installed. The version no of the PS Driver that I am working on is 1.0.6 not 4.2.x


Thanks so very much !
Posted by: spartacus 13 years ago
Black Belt
It looks like it is a regular InstallShield setup.exe (non-MSI) to me. Take the following steps :-

Using either WinZip or Universal Extractor, unpack the downloaded file, winsteng.exe, to a folder of your choice on a test machine.

In the folder, you will find setup.exe. Run this command on the test machine :

<folder you extracted to>\setup.exe /r

This will run an interactive installation, and record a response file, so respond to all the dialogs as you would do normally.

When the installation is complete, inspect your C:\Windows folder and look for a newly created setup.iss file. Move this file into the same folder as the setup.exe and then copy across the whole folder contents to either another machine, or to a network share.

You should now be able to run silent installations on any future machines by running

setup.exe /s

from the folder you copied to.


Posted by: shiva2golu 13 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
hi !

I tried doing it the way Spartacus specified. Unpacked the file, ran the setup.exe and obtained a response file (setup.iss). While doing a manual install, it asks me if it is a local printer or network shared one. So i select "Local printer".

After this. when i do a silent install with the .iss file in the same directory as setup.exe and using the command "setup.exe /s", it asks me if its for a Local Printer or Network Shared. What should I do to not get this dialog box and how about the uninstallation part, how can that be done ?

Thanks a lot guys !
Posted by: cygan 13 years ago
Fifth Degree Brown Belt
if you can't get the response file to be completely silent then you will need to repackage the printer. I have been in similar situations where the response file is not completely silent.

have a look for cutepdf writer and spooler service threads this will give you good leads.

if you are using wise to repackage don't forget to enable hardware registry entries and also stop and restart the spooler service during the installation and un installation if you want
Posted by: shiva2golu 13 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
Hi !

As I said, I just started off working in this field, and am not a "Pro", if you will.

"have a look for cutepdf writer and spooler service threads this will give you good leads."
Could you please be more specific for me, and FYI, I am using Installshield and Adminstudio for repackaging purposes.

Can I script and get the job done, I can do a bit of VbScript ! Let me know your suggestions !

Appreciate your help !

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