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Xara X v1.0c (it says in the splash screen) is a VERY old version of Xara Xtreme before Xara was purchased by Magix.

It comes with an MSI, but it appears that doesn't install the application's exe - wha?

I ended up doing the following:

msiexec /a xara x.msi

create an Admin install.

This will give you an MSI which you can deploy.

However - that's only part of the battle!

The serial code is secreted away - on my setup it was under

So you need to install Xara X normally on a test box, and export this key... You'll probably find it has something like "ulc" being a REG_SZ of the serial code 1234-1234-1234

You'll also find the MSI creates the shortcuts in the user profile folder of the account which ran it, rather than the all users one.

Those with an MSI editing talent may wish to create an MST to just get rid of the shortcuts.. Or if you're clever, add in the registration code. I didn't because of what comes next :)

So far, you'll have Xara X installed and registered. If you run it, then the app will launch but you won't have any clipart/fonts etc.

This is because (a) the MSI doesn't copy them over, and (b) even if they were there, the per-user settings don't include them.

I ended up creating an alternate launcher which imports the per-user settings and then runs the proper exe.

My installer script then:

* launches MSI with non-shortcut MST
* Writes the serial number to the registry
* Copies the fonts/clipart/themes/fills folders
* Creates an icon to the alternate launcher

(the alternate launcher will then import the paths to the copied fonts/clipart/themes/fills to the HKCU)


There's probably some easier way of doing it. I ruled out editing the default user, as we were rolling this out to long-established apps, so the local profiles were already in place - hence the alternate launcher idea.
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