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Converting Batch File to AutoIT

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Hello All,

I am brand new to AutoIT, however it looks like exactly what I've been looking for.

At my current job, we need to keep software updated pretty regularly. So, I created a little batch file called "Software Updater" that sits on everyone's desktop and gives them a choice of which software to update.

The desktop "ICON" is just a shortcut to the script that is on a network drive. Right now, it is a DOS window using the choice command.

I would love to have it a Windows GUI. I have been able to figure out how to rewrite the batch files using AutoIT, however, I am not real clear on how to create the actual windows where you would get the choices.

Ideally a simple list of the options, then when ticked off, it starts the process (which, in most cases, is just copying a file to the hard drive and running it from there).

This is what I am trying to duplicate.

Any insight would be appreciated.


====== Welcome to the Software Updater Main Menu =====

Which application would you like to update?

Use your keyboard to choose.

You will be asked to pick your location

before the installation begins.


1.App 1 - v20/5

2.App2 - v37.1

3.App3 - v103.06

4.App4 - v103.06

5.App5 - v4.12


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Is this a full GUI on the desktop, or a TrayMenu down by the clock? If it is a full GUI, I would start with something like this for your framework:

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <WindowsConstants.au3>

Local $msg

GUICreate("Test", 300, 300)

    While 1
        $msg = GUIGetMsg()
    Case $msg = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE


You can then read through the help file for adding buttons (GUICTrlCreateButton), labels (GUICtrlCreateLabel), etc.

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A lot of different choices there, can just do buttons, put in a radio button, or check boxes and go through each one.

Is there ever a reason why you would not want to update a program? I'd personally try to remove any "to do" for the end user. You could do version checking (FileGetVersion may work if it's not some obscure program). You could also create an ini file for checking server version. Then you could make it on the end user side either automatically update or toss a msgbox up informing them there is an update and ask if they want to do it now. etc...

Anyways, a GUI may not even be needed depending on the end goal. You're no longer limited by a batch file and you have some options now.

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