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Hi,

I can successfully make an Office ThinApp MSI package, install it on a clients computer and open all the applications. File association works cause my .doc and .xls files get the respective office icons.

The only thing that is bugging me and my users is that the "Default Programs" list is empty ( it does not containt any of the Office applications) and we need that because of some OLE integrations with other programs.

For example, we cant insert or open previously inserted OLE object in their respective programs ( like inserted xls tables in AutoCAD files).
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What version of Thinapp are you running?

It looks like the release notes for 5.01 address some OLE issues with Windows 8 but no mention of previous versions:

https://www.vmware.com/support/thinapp4/doc/releasenotes_thinapp501.html

I am guessing you followed this when creating the package:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2062691
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by:gicago
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Sorry I forgot to mention that we use Thinapp 5.01 , and have really searched a lot on the web but there is little to no mention about OLE objects and thinapp.

We followed a couple of tutorials for Office 2013 thinapp deployment and have even edited the package.ini with SandboxCOMObjects attribute that we found in a thinapp 4 manual: http://www.manualslib.com/manual/407658/Vmware-Thinapp-4-6.html?page=77#manual (bottom of page 77 and an example in page 78 )

We have also read this: http://www.horizonflux.com/whats-new-in-vmware-thinapp-5-0-tech-edit/ where we can se ole32.dll in the picture so we are going to try packaging Office 2013 with and older version (4.7) and see if that works.

Will let you know how things work out....

P.S. We tried Microsoft AppV and that works but its a pain in the a** to deploy it to clients (requires powershell commands (we dont want users to use powershell since they dont know jack about it) and cross domain support for AppV is terrible)
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Do you happen to have Vmware support, I have had to use them to help build a single package but after many times with debugging and rebuilding of the package it works perfectly now.

Just a thought if you can go down that avenue.
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So here is the deal, it seems to work with Thinapp 4.7.3 but not with 5.01 so we are now testing it some more but our OLE objects appear in AutoCAD and the OLE object opens in Excel if I double click the inserted table.

Now we have another problem, when we go insert an OLE object there is no Excel, Word or anything to insert. We can insert them only by copy pasting content. Will test some more but like I said, Its working better with the older version than 5.01
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It seems that new Thinapp (5.01) doesnt do well with the complete packaging and doesnt include stuff that Thinapp 4.7.3 includes. Dont know excactely what files are there but OLE works a lot better with older Thinapp version.
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