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Enter Product Information Automaticly

Posted on 2004-10-06
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Hi

Is there a way for example using a script to automaticly enter things like the serial number and yes i accept... when installing programs

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This is a bit of an open ended question and has different answers depending on how look at it.

If you are referring to the process of automating installations so that information can be entered automatically then it would depend on the installation process. Many installation programs have the facility to use either command line parameters or a configuration file to specify defaults for the installation. Applications like Install Shield allow you to "record" an installation which creates an install file based on the options you chose during installation - you can use this file for subsequent installations.

If the install program does not provide the facility then you could possibly create a solution that involves writing a program to use something like SendKeys to send information to dialog boxes when they appear on the screen. However, this would require some custom coding for each application you want to support. The ideal situation is where the install supports customised installations as described above.
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Is there a standard script i need to use if not how do I go about creating one

Thanks
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As I said it depends on the application and its install process - can you tell us more about the application and how it is installed?
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ok i think i have sorted it on the microsoft office site there is a section containing all the commands etc so i set it up to do a basic unattended install and it works fine

Cheers for your help
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Shout if you need any more assistence. We have done hundreds of auto office installations.
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