Hi Guys I have a Newb question.

I just repackaged a manufactures MSI with ORCA and created a .MST. All I want to do if have a additional file placed on the desktop, the file is simple a htm with a URL link that was not part of the original msi. I have both INSTALLSHIELD and Orca.

I know this is basic stuff but I am at a loss...
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if you use ORCA you'll have to add entries to the Component (I'd add a new component to keep things tidy), file, FeatureComponent and Media table.

I'd say it would be easier for you to use installshield, I'm a wise user so I can't help there, but I'm sure someone will
Answered 09/28/2010 by: timmsie
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Hey Matthew,

I assume this HTML file cannot be replaced with a shortcut that points to the URL? If it can maybe you can use that. Installshield will show you the 'desktop' location by default when you go to the shortcut tool on the left side.

If it has to be an actual file... I just had a look at an MSI and that has a predefined DesktopFolder directory. To be complete the 'tree' in the directory table looks as follows:

Directory Directory_Parent DefaultDir

DesktopFolder ProfilesFolder .:Desktop
ProfilesFolder WindowsFolder .:Profiles
WindowsFolder TARGETDIR .:Windows
Answered 09/28/2010 by: pjgeutjens
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Sorry, I didnt explain clearly enough. its a internet shortcut that points to a web address. The package is HP quality Control Center Client software. As the original msi stands now, puts nothing on the start menu or desktop. I want to add this IE shortcut that it points to our private area on HP website.

This is what I have tried: Opened my original msi with installshield

1. In Installshield I go to System Configuration/shortcuts
2. create a new shortcut
3. I am in browse target -but I cannot seem to add something from an outside source, all the files I see are part of the msi.

I gotta be doing it wrong...
Answered 09/28/2010 by: mmarsh
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Hi mmarsh - you can have the shortcut target point to a property, then have the web address in the property.

You won't be able to advertise this kind of shortcut though - if you were planning to.

Answered 09/28/2010 by: MSIPackager
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