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Driver to capture application installer instructions

Posted on 2011-03-16
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I am thinking about developing an application to use at my company to help automate installing software and was thinking about a driver which captures instructions from an installer which is used an application. For example a user wants to install mysql. The user hits record on my app and then launched mysql.exe and goes through the install proceedure. Once he has finished he presses 'End' on my app. At this point an AnswerFile is produced containing a list of instructions to install Mysql. If the user needs to install it again, they fire up my app, select the Mysql answerfile and press play.
Is this possible? I assume a driver will be needed to capture kernel level instructions? could anyone please point me towards any resources which might help me produce a design for the idea.
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You don't even need a driver, a user-mode application will do. You'd first have to hook all the actions that the installer takes, mainly file operations and regstry writes, which you can then use to replicate these steps. 'I remember that a computer magazine once introduced such a software including the source code, and it's indeed still out there: http://www.wintotal.de/softwarearchiv/?rb=1038&id=1383&Itemid=62&option=com_yad2&lnk=2509 (direct link to .zip download) - open the archive and you'll find 'IWatch.zip' inside, which is the source package (the other two contain precompiled binaries). And this http://www.codeproject.com/KB/system/hooksys.aspx ("API hooking revealed") sheds in some light on the background.
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Thank You jkr
You've really helped me out and im very grateful
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