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I've created a simple GUI with checkboxes. I want the script to run programs based on which boxes are checked. I've sifted through the forums and Wiki pages, and honestly I'm overwhelmed with the different ways it seems possible to make this happen. I'm new to scripting and have very limited knowledge, so I"m looking for the simplest approach. I don't expect you to write it for me, but I would like some good solid direction on how to get this done. Thanks so much in advance for your time.

Global $InsWinUp, $InsDellUp, $CpySysPrp, $InsLogMeIn, $InsBusEset, $InsHomeEset, $InsMSSE, $InsFF, $InsJava, $InsDotNet, $InsSL, $InsAA, $InsSHW, $InsAR, $InsCPDF, $InsAF, $Start, $Progress
GUICreate("SOP Automation", 500, 500, 100, 100)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("Select Options", 0, 5)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("Updates", 0, 25)
$InsWinUp = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Install Windows Updates", 0, 45)
$InsDellUp = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Check for Dell Updates", 0, 65)
$CpySysPrp = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Copy Sysprep Folder to C:", 0, 85)
$InsLogMeIn = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Install Logmein", 0, 105)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("Antivirus Software", 250, 25)
$InsBusEset = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Install ESET for Business", 250, 45)
$InsHomeEset = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Install ESET for Home", 250, 65)
$InsMSSE = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Install MSSE Free", 250, 85)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("Select Other Essential Software", 0, 140)
$InsFF = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Firefox", 0, 160)
$InsJava = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Java", 0, 180)
$InsDotNet = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox(".Net", 0, 200)
$InsSL = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Silverlght", 0, 220)
$InsAA = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Adobe Air", 0, 240)
$InsSHW = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Shockwave", 250, 160)
$InsAR = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Adobe Reader", 250, 180)
$InsCPDF = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("CutePDF", 250, 200)
$InsAF = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Adobe Flash", 250, 220)
$Start = GUICtrlCreateButton("Start", 60, 300, 50)
$Progress = GUICtrlCreateProgress(40, 460, 450, 20)
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in HelpFile from AutoIt Beta 3.3.9.22

there is good example

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <MsgBoxConstants.au3>

Example()

Func Example()
    ; Create a GUI with various controls.
    Local $hGUI = GUICreate("Example", 300, 200)

    ; Create a checkbox control.
    Local $iCheckbox = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Standard Checkbox", 10, 10, 185, 25)
    Local $iClose = GUICtrlCreateButton("Close", 210, 170, 85, 25)

    ; Display the GUI.
    GUISetState(@SW_SHOW, $hGUI)

    While 1
        Switch GUIGetMsg()
            Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE, $iClose
                ExitLoop

            Case $iCheckbox
                If _IsChecked($iCheckbox) Then
                    MsgBox($MB_SYSTEMMODAL, "", "The checkbox is checked.", 0, $hGUI)
                Else
                    MsgBox($MB_SYSTEMMODAL, "", "The checkbox is not checked.", 0, $hGUI)
                EndIf

        EndSwitch
    WEnd

    ; Delete the previous GUI and all controls.
    GUIDelete($hGUI)
EndFunc   ;==>Example

Func _IsChecked($iControlID)
    Return BitAND(GUICtrlRead($iControlID), $GUI_CHECKED) = $GUI_CHECKED
EndFunc   ;==>_IsChecked

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

Global $InsWinUp, $InsDellUp, $CpySysPrp, $InsLogMeIn, $InsBusEset, $InsHomeEset, $InsMSSE, $InsFF, $InsJava, $InsDotNet, $InsSL, $InsAA, $InsSHW, $InsAR, $InsCPDF, $InsAF, $Start, $Progress
GUICreate("SOP Automation", 500, 500, 100, 100)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("Select Options", 0, 5)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("Updates", 0, 25)
$InsWinUp = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Install Windows Updates", 0, 45)
$InsDellUp = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Check for Dell Updates", 0, 65)
$CpySysPrp = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Copy Sysprep Folder to C:", 0, 85)
$InsLogMeIn = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Install Logmein", 0, 105)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("Antivirus Software", 250, 25)
$InsBusEset = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Install ESET for Business", 250, 45)
$InsHomeEset = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Install ESET for Home", 250, 65)
$InsMSSE = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Install MSSE Free", 250, 85)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("Select Other Essential Software", 0, 140)
$InsFF = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Firefox", 0, 160)
$InsJava = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Java", 0, 180)
$InsDotNet = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox(".Net", 0, 200)
$InsSL = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Silverlght", 0, 220)
$InsAA = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Adobe Air", 0, 240)
$InsSHW = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Shockwave", 250, 160)
$InsAR = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Adobe Reader", 250, 180)
$InsCPDF = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("CutePDF", 250, 200)
$InsAF = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Adobe Flash", 250, 220)
$Start = GUICtrlCreateButton("Start", 60, 300, 50)
$Progress = GUICtrlCreateProgress(40, 460, 450, 20)

; nothing will happen till you tell the gui to display...
guisetstate()

; now you need to loop on messages to your gui
while 1
    switch guigetmsg()
        case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
            Exit
        case $InsWinUp
            ; so far we know the control was actioned, but we do NOT know it's state...let's see if it is checked
            if _IsChecked($InsWinUp) then
                ConsoleWrite('INSWINUP checked' & @LF)
            Else
                ConsoleWrite('INSWINUP not checked' & @LF)
            endif
    endswitch
wend

; this function is used to return whether or not a checkbox is checked or not
Func _IsChecked($iControlID)
    Return BitAND(GUICtrlRead($iControlID), $GUI_CHECKED) = $GUI_CHECKED
EndFunc   ;==>_IsChecked

Scottamus,  

Based on your code I would recommend reading the Help file sections on GUI management.  I've added enough to your code to get it to run and handle one of the checkboxes.  See comments in code...

edit: not sure what's going on with this editor...it's placing the code and response out of order...

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Ok. I guess I need to clarify what I'm wanting the script to do.  I want the user to open the GUI then check the boxes of the software to be installed, then when the start button is pressed I want the script to querry which boxes are checked and start the installation of the software packages one at a time, moving from one checkbox to the next, with the progress bar showing approximate completion of the operations selected. I am fully aware that I'm in over my head here. I am learning quickly, but with no previous knowledge of scripting or programming, and with limited time to be able to dedicate to this, I'm struggling to grasp all of the concepts at once. So, I appologize for my inefficiency at being able to use more appropriate terms.

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

Global $InsWinUp, $InsDellUp, $CpySysPrp, $InsLogMeIn, $InsBusEset, $InsHomeEset, $InsMSSE, $InsFF, $InsJava, $InsDotNet, $InsSL, $InsAA, $InsSHW, $InsAR, $InsCPDF, $InsAF, $Start, $Progress
GUICreate("SOP Automation", 500, 500, 100, 100)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("Select Options", 0, 5)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("Updates", 0, 25)
$InsWinUp = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Install Windows Updates", 0, 45)
$InsDellUp = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Check for Dell Updates", 0, 65)
$CpySysPrp = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Copy Sysprep Folder to C:", 0, 85)
$InsLogMeIn = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Install Logmein", 0, 105)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("Antivirus Software", 250, 25)
$InsBusEset = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Install ESET for Business", 250, 45)
$InsHomeEset = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Install ESET for Home", 250, 65)
$InsMSSE = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Install MSSE Free", 250, 85)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("Select Other Essential Software", 0, 140)
$InsFF = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Firefox", 0, 160)
$InsJava = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Java", 0, 180)
$InsDotNet = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox(".Net", 0, 200)
$InsSL = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Silverlght", 0, 220)
$InsAA = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Adobe Air", 0, 240)
$InsSHW = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Shockwave", 250, 160)
$InsAR = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Adobe Reader", 250, 180)
$InsCPDF = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("CutePDF", 250, 200)
$InsAF = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Adobe Flash", 250, 220)
$Start = GUICtrlCreateButton("Start", 60, 300, 50)
$Progress = GUICtrlCreateProgress(40, 460, 450, 20)

; nothing will happen till you tell the gui to display...
guisetstate()

; now you need to loop on messages to your gui
while 1
    switch guigetmsg()
        case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
            Exit
        case $start
            ; start button was actioned so check each checkbox...
            if _IsChecked($InsWinUp) then
                ConsoleWrite('Run install for INSWINUP' & @LF)
                guictrlsetstate($InsWinUp,$GUI_UNCHECKED)
            endif
    endswitch
wend

; this function is used to return whether or not a checkbox is checked or not
Func _IsChecked($iControlID)
    Return BitAND(GUICtrlRead($iControlID), $GUI_CHECKED) = $GUI_CHECKED
EndFunc   ;==>_IsChecked

This should get you started...as far as progress is concerned, you need something to measure against.  I'm not sure what or how you can measure what you are doing without more detail.

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That worked like a charm. I'll have to figure out something to measure the progress against, but really that's just for aesthetic reasons and isn't necessary. If you have any ideas I'd love to hear them. Basically as each checked box's operation is completed (normally a program installation) the progress bar would advance.

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