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Creating a silent installation of a program

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Hi there,

I've got a utility program that doesn't have any kind of automation or silent install option. So, I've used AutoIt script that basically takes care of mouse clicks on various stage of the installation wizard. It works great, at least so far on Windows XP SP3 has been tested.

When the script is run, it installs the utility without prompting to make a decision on the installation wizard. However, it doesn't really work if nobody is logged into the computer.

Here's the script I have. I'm new to AutoIt, so I'd appreciate if you can help automating this install process or suggest anything. Only the first line gets executed if nobody is logged into the computer.

Run("\\network_share_name\NECProjector\IEU_Lite_Inst.exe")

WinWaitActive("Image Express Utility Lite Installer")

Send("!a")

WinWaitActive("Image Express Utility Lite Installer")

ControlClick("Image Express Utility Lite Installer", "Start Image Express Utility Lite", 1007)

ControlClick("Image Express Utility Lite Installer", "OK", 1)

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Without a visible desktop, there's no window for WinWaitActive to see, because the window will never be active. Look at this Wiki article from the FAQ on how to handle that. Also, do a search on it as there have been many threads about this same topic, which is why it's a Frequently Asked Question entry.


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Thanks for your reply. I actually just noticed the FAQ link shortly after posting this question. I was browsing through the Function references before posting here, but must've missed these. I'll try to use something else instead of WinWaitActive function. Obviously that won't work if the computer is locked. Hopefully, I'll be able to get it to work.

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