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    HOWTO: Create a Silent Install with Setup Factory 5.0

    HOWTO: Create a Silent Install with Setup Factory 5.0

    Document ID: IR01002
    The information in this article applies to:
    • Setup Factory 5.0


    This article describes how you can create a "silent" install that requires no user interaction using Setup Factory 5.0.


    A silent install is defined here as a setup routine that requires no interaction from the user of the setup. Silent installs are useful when you, the setup developer, know what settings should be used in all cases on your user's systems and do not want the user to be able to change those settings. Please note that as a rule, it is a good idea to let your users make setup decisions such as the destination install folder and the start menu folder, etc. You should only use a silent install when you are absolutely sure of the install settings.

    Here are the steps that you should take to ensure that there is no user interaction during the setup process:

    Remove all Screens from the Setup
    The first thing that you want to do is to remove all of the screens from the setup so that there will be nothing to stop the setup from proceeding. To remove all screens from the setup:

    1. Select Settings | Screen Manager from the menu.
    2. Select each screen on the Before Installing tab, and press the remove button to remove the screen.
    3. Go to the After Installing tab and remove all of its screens in the same way.
    4. Click OK to close down the Screen manager.

    Define your Install Directory and Start Menu Folder
    Next, you want to make sure that you define your setup's installation folder (%AppDir%) and start menu folder name (%SCFolderTitle%). Usually these values are defined in the Select Install Folder and Select Shortcut Folder screens so that is why we need to define them elsewhere. To define these values:

    1. Select Settings | General Design from the menu.
    2. Click on the Product Info tab.
    3. Fill in all of the fields on this screen, especially the Default Installation Path and Default Shortcut Folder Name fields.

    KEYWORDS: Silent Install, no User Interaction

    Last reviewed: October 8, 2002
    Copyright 2002 Indigo Rose Corporation. All rights reserved.