Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Silent installation for Autodesk DWF Writer

I got a question on how to deploy DWF Writer. Here is what I do. To install DWF Writer with a click on a button create a VBScript. Then you can just send a link to the file to the users. Open Notepad and enter the following code and save the file with the vbs file extension.
on error resume next
Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
runstring="msiexec /I ""\\server\Autodesk DWF Writer\DWFwriter2Setup.msi"" /qb!"
WshShell.Run runstring,1,true
Since there is no msi file on the CD you can extract it by running the DWFwriter2Setup.exe. When it has started you open the temporary folder by opening Windows Explorer and enter %temp% in the address field. Sort the files in date order and look for a newly created msi file. It will be named with some random numbers and letters. Just take it and rename it and place it where you want to have it.

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