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Hello all,

I am running into a problem automating an installation procedure. I want to  install a game (good old Age of Empires II), and then patch it with a custom UserPatch to remove some glitches. 

The UserPatch executable must be run from the installation directory, so I must retrieve this address from the installer. Then, after the game is installed the script must copy the file to the installation directory, and run it from there. 


I retrieve the pathname as shown below. The dialog box in the image shows the raw text, which I strip down to just the line containing the pathname.

WinActivate("Dir browse box title")
    $InstallDir = WinGetText("Dir browse box title")
    $split = StringSplit( $InstallDir, "&Path", 1)
    $InstallDir = $split[2]
    $split = StringSplit( $InstallDir, "&OK", 1)
    $InstallDir = $split[1]
    ControlClick("Dir browse box title", "&Drives", "[Class:CButtonClassName; INSTANCE:2]")

When printing "$InstallDir" after the above procedure, it shows exactly what I want it to be: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II".



The problem is this: It doesn't copy the file when I run the code snippet below. It does work when I hardcode the pathname (commented in the code below), but not when using the $InstallDir variable as retrieved by the code snippet above.

; Install the UserPatch
; $InstallDir = "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II"
$UserPatchName = "SetupAoC.exe"

FileCopy($UserPatchName, $InstallDir & "\" & $UserPatchName)
Run($InstallDir & "\" & $UserPatchName)

WinWait("SetupAoC - Feature Update Tool")
ControlClick("SetupAoC - Feature Update Tool", "Install", "[Class:DirectUIHWND; INSTANCE:1]")
WinClose ("SetupAoC - Install Complete")
WinClose ("SetupAoC - Feature Update Tool")


I've got the feeling that I'm missing something obvious, but I really can't tell what the problem is? Any ideas?


Thanks in advance!

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Welcome to the AutoIt forum.

Unfortunately you appear to have missed the Forum rules on your way in. Please read them now - particularly the bit about not discussing game interaction - and then you will understand why you will get no help and this thread will now be locked.

See you soon with a legitimate question I hope.



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