I am now the official host of RogueSpear’s Switchless Silent Installers.
This is a collection of switchless silent installers and some .msi files (for use with Group Policy).
I make almost all of my installers by doing a two step snapshop repackage with InstallShield’s AdminStudio. The resulting repack is an .msi file which I then use for deployment with group policy in Active Directory environments. To make the installer, I extract the .msi file to an administrative installation point (AIP) and package it up with either 7-Zip or WinRAR; whichever gives me the best compression. All installers that are repacks, were made using VMware under Windows XP SP2. While some installers may work properly on operating systems older than this, I have not tested them with anything other than XP SP2.
Where possible and practical, I set ALLUSERS=2 so that if you do use one of the installers from RunOnceEx or on an existing system, the registry entries will also be written to the Default User profile. Programs that require a reboot have REBOOT=ReallySuppress so that they will not initiate a reboot, nor will they inform you that a reboot is necessary. Where possible I stripped out all non-English support files in the interest of smaller file size. If you require non-English language support then these installers are not for you.
Not all of the installers create shortcuts. Visual J#, RAW Image PowerToy are examples. Those that do create shortcuts, do not create them in what would be the default for that product. I hate messy, unorganized, serpentine like start menus. So you’ll find the shortcuts in what I think is an intuitive location. I will point out shortcut locations with each installer. All shortcuts are non-advertised by design.
The installers do not necessarily install to the default directory either. Besides a totally polluted start menu, I also can’t stand a Program Files directory with 500 subdirectories. So I tend to install things to logical subdirectories. For instance, you’ll find A-Ray Scanner in %PROGRAMFILES%CD-RA-Ray Scanner and Daemon Tools in %PROGRAMFILES%CD-RDaemon Tools. I know that this is going to turn off some people greatly, but this is how I’ve made the installer because for me, I can go to one of my clients or a family member’s computer and quickly locate things. I’m not going to remake the installers or change my methods at this point. I made these for me, and finally, decided to make this post to share them in case other would find them useful.