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After spending 26 hours installing windows XP and associated software on 60 laptops I began to wonder if there was not an easier way to go about my bushiness. One of the answers that I found was the program that everyone knows about but never thinks anything of. Installshield, that little program that runs when ever you install almost every program.
unknown to most people Installsheild has many cmdline switches, while very few end users who use windows actually use the cmd.exe to work with their system, many hour upon hour can be saved if you dive into it.
To begin with InstallShield runs as an application that places all of the parts of an application (.exe,.dll ect) in their proper places. So this application can be manipulated just like any other application.
Here is a brief overview on how to get started:

The first thing we want to do is create a response file. This is accomplished by running the Setup.exe program from the command line with this command:

Setup.exe /r /f1"C:\Temp\Setup.iss"

This will create a response file named Setup.iss and save it to a folder named Temp under your C drive.

When you want to run the installer silently (i.e. no input from the user) run the same command but with the /s option instead of the /r option.

Setup.exe /s /f1"C:\Temp\Setup.iss"

Note that the path should point to the Setup.iss for that program.

At first this may seem like a little too much work but if you transport these files onto a cd (changing the paths appropriately) you can create an autoinstalling program.

Installshield has an excellent help page on all of the command line options here.


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