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Run MSI in silent mode -- where is User Interface View in VS2005?

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I have created an MSI for some third party files that is going to be deployed to my users (by someone else who is responsible for deployments) with my main application using One-Click Deploy.   I would like the MSI to run silently, with no user intervention.

Googling brought me this:

"Go into the User Interface view and delete all the dialogs under the Start node, Progress node and the End node. "

But I cannot seem to find the User Interface view this refers to in VS2005.  I can't find any "Nodes" at all....can someone guide me to the UI view?

Thanks!


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The full silent option won't work on Vista and later if UAC is enabled because the MSI package must ask to elevate the process. You would have to use the silent option that shows with atleast the progress dialog.
The click-once deployment feature doesn't give you much control over how installation works unless you have setup click-once to open an already existing MSI package in that case you would have to pass the correct command line parameters.

// Unattended mode - progress bar only
msiexec.exe /i "c:\setup.msi" /passive

// Quiet mode, no user interaction
msiexec.exe /i "c:\setup.msi" /quiet

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by:codefinger
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egl1044:
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Thank you for that information, which I am sure will prove very useful, but in your kindly haste to educate me you kinda bypassed the original question.  <grin>  

Where is the User Interface View for an MSI project in VS 2005?   I was kind of expecting an answer like File/Tools/User Interface....

BTW, I am working in XP, and all my users will have XP or lower, so Vista and above will not be an issue.

Thanks!

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Whoops... I hinted that the clickonce deployment doesn't give you many customizing options. You might be confusing ClickOnce with a Setup and Deployment Project which you have the options to customize the dialogs.
Walkthrough: Deploying a Windows-based Application  
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/k3bb4tfd(v=VS.80).aspx 
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by:codefinger
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There was definitely some confusion, but the link provided my answer.   My part of the project was to create the silent MSI, but some one else will be deploying along with the main application using ClickONce.   The link brought me to a walk through that help me locate the User INterface, which is exactly what I needed.
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