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Language: VB5,VB6
Expertise: Intermediate
Sep 12, 2000

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Silent install with VB6 Deployment and Packaging Wizard

VB6 Deployment and Packaging Wizard's resulting setup.exe has a command line switch that allows for a silent install. This feature is virtually undocumented except in the source code for Setup1.exe. The default path for the project file of Setup1 is:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\VB98\Wizards\PDWizard\Setup1\Setup1.vbp

To do a silent install, the following syntax is required:


setup.exe /s c:\anylogfilename.log
The filename that follows the /s parameter must include the full path name.

The silent install is only interupted (that I could see) when the install encounters the "Setup is attempting to copy a file that is older than the one currently..." dialog. This interruption doesn't occur if the setup contains the latest versions of the files being installed.

Bruce Kellerman
 
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