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How to handle optional windows in Autoit?

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I am automating a software installation in Windows7 using AutoIt.

During the installation, in between if a error window appears. I want to click ENTER.

If the error window not appears then I should NOT do anything. Simply its should go to the next section.

I have tried "WinActive and WinWaitActive" But its waiting for the window to appear. If window not appears its not going to the next screen.

Any idea how to handle this situation?

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WinWait and WinWaitActive have a timeout parameter, so if the window doesn't appear within a certain time, the function stops waiting.

 


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Hi BrewManNH,

As you said, YES Winwait and WinWaitActive stops waiting after the Timeout period.

Any idea how to use this for optional window handling?

 

 

 

 

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You could do something like this, depending on how long it would take for the optional window to come up:

For $i = 1 To 10
            If WinExists("Error Installing", "Wrong Credentials") Then
                ControlClick("Error Installing", "Wrong Credentials", "Button1")
                ExitLoop
            Else
                Sleep(500)
            EndIf
        Next

The bigger question would be what exactly is causing the optional window (what scenario) so you can program a series of checks and balances. Also, does the software support silent installation, so you don't have to mess with automating the GUI at all?


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Its the hardest part to automate unexpected windows as you do not know if they come around and for how long. For example unexpected browser chats or advertisements overlay or suddenly credentials invalid. 

For more or less known popups with only ok button i just grab the text and put it in log as a warning and click ok automatically. If ok and cancel button i do the same in the assumption ok is most logical. 

If winexists('*') is a little.tricky but could work if your windows are having a certain regexclass.and use then a regex to match.

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and an example to filter on a regular expression assuming you know the unexpected windows and the expected window. When either of them is found it should continue otherwise wait for timeout

Example()

Func Example()
    ; Retrieve a list of window handles.
    ;Assume max times is 10 times 
    for $x=1 to 10
        Local $hTimer = TimerInit() ; Begin the timer and store the handle in a variable.
        Local $aList = WinList("(Error Installing)|(expected windowtitle)")
        Local $fDiff = TimerDiff($hTimer) ; Find the difference in time from the previous call of TimerInit. The variable we stored the TimerInit handlem is passed as the "handle" to TimerDiff.

        consolewrite($fDiff & " - windows found:" & $aList[0][0] & @CRLF)

        ; Loop through the array displaying only visable windows with a title. And jump out
        if $aList[0][0] > 0 Then
            For $i = 1 To $aList[0][0]
                If $aList[$i][0] <> "" And BitAND(WinGetState($aList[$i][1]), 2) Then
                    consolewrite("Title: " & $aList[$i][0] & @CRLF & "Handle: " & $aList[$i][1])
                EndIf
            Next
            ExitLoop
        EndIf
        
    
        ;sleep 1 second
        sleep(1000)
    Next
    
EndFunc   ;==>Example

 

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Adlibregister()

Pretty much made for the situation you are in

Create a function to look for that window and close it and then you will not need to influence the rest of your install script with any blocking functions or waits.

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