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Install corporate fonts, and templates using MSI from Group Policy

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Hi,

I would like to be able to install our corporate fonts, and word templates using an MSI installer, and was looking to use WIX to create the MSI, that would then be pushed out using GP

The requirements are
a) There are 7 fonts that will need to be installed ( which are TrueType )
b) there is 1 template that needs to goto %appdata%\microsoft\templates
c) There is an .ini file that needs to goto %appdata%\microsoft\templates
d) the Template / .ini file will occasionally be updated, and the users machine will need to be updated automatically from an updated MSI build.

 - Is Wix the correct tool to achieve this
 - Can someone offer some sample code that shows the WiX Script
 - What needs to change in the script when creating updates

As I am new to WIX, offering full points for an "Easy to follow solution"
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>  - Is Wix the correct tool to achieve this

Yes - if you know how to do it. Any tool is correct tool for the operator who knows how to use it. Including Notepad.

From what I heard however, WiX is good tool not so much for initial authoring of the package, but rather for further maintenance; usually people work with WiX by taking some existing installation and modifying it.

This installation would be very easy to create in a professional tool like Wise or Installshield, wouldn't take more than 10 minutes.

In fact it's so simple that maybe you could do it with logon script in the group policy.
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by:supertramp4
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Hi vadimrapp1,

Its the "If you know how to do it" that I'm hoping you guys will provide me the WIX  script.

Yes this probably could be done via GP script, but there other things in the future that learning MSI would be good to know.
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Vadim Rapp earned 500 total points
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I personally don't use WiX (no need), and I don't think that this method of constant cloning others' packages over and over again is very professional. That said, here are the pages that look like what you need:

how to install a  font:
http://www.hass.de/content/how-create-msi-deploying-fonts-enterprise 

hot to get to %appdata% directory:
http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/installing-files-to-user-s-application-data-folder-td5377311.html
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