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Windows Post-Install Wizard (WPI for short) is a hypertext application designed for giving users choice. While Windows XP offers many ways of customizing the setup process out of the box, its major drawback is the lack of being able to select which applications an end user may install. In the past, end users and administrators needed to either download the files manually, or create overly complex scripts that could only be used once. WPI allows you to create one image, which can then be custom configured, and optionally, automated, so that end users can install any applications that have been configured into WPI.

Highlights!

4 more commandlines

Reboot issues fixed.

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Here is the 6.2 changelog:


v6.2 Updates - Released August 10th, 2007
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* Fixed all of the issues with the extra 4 commandlines

* Sadly the Double quotes on regentries bug has returned so please
remember to remove the quotes from the regafter and regbefore lines...

v6.1 Updates - Released July 27th, 2007
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* WPI will now automatically trim the paths to %wpipath%\Install\Blah.exe

* Added 4 more Commandlines.

* Turned the volume down a bit on the embeded media player.

* Fixed the reboot issues (zorphnog)

* Fixed the api error upon finalizing after a reboot (Zorphnog)

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v6 Updates - Released June 20, 2007
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* Fixed the double quotes bug on Registry Before\After!

* Moved hotkeys back to alt+

* Added Punjabi Language and updated several of the other languages.

* Added function of getfileversion.

* Added identifiers for Vista os disk.

* Compiled a whole new system for making the runonce & MCE theme entries for WPI
through RunWPI.exe to be used in cmdlines.txt

* Added the new official theme for WPI.

* Added check for Vista, getOSver()=="Vista". (mritter)
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Notes and Extras

Suggested disk folder layout:

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With the above folder layout all your config entries should read like:

%wpipath%\Install\Blah.exe

I have seperated the tools out from the main archive. You can download the tools here:

Tools archive.

Contents of the tools archive:

WPI Config Lister

CDSwitch

3 Custom themes for CDSwitch

autorun.inf <-- Updated and fixed

wpi.ico New icon thanks to WolfX2

TaskKillS.exe from sadicq

TaskKillS Instructions

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Here is a quick start package that will set your windows disk up to use WPI with runonceex.

This is for use with all versions of Windows 2000, XP and 2003!

To make use of this archive all you need to do is unRAR it and place the %oem% folder beside the I386 and WPI folders.

$OEM$ Folder. (The forum is messing up this link so copy www.wpiw.net/downloads/$oem$.rar )

Contents of the %OEM% archive:

cmdlines.txt

RunWPI.exe (Sets the runonceex and MCE themeing entries used for WPI)

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This is for use with all versions of Windows Vista!

To make use of this archive all you need to do is unRAR it and place the Sources folder at the root of your CD.

Sources Folder.

Contents of the Sources archive:

setupcomplete.cmd (This needs to be several folders deep so I preset the folders for you)

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1978 .png images for your pleasure to use in your tooltips or whatever!

PNG Collection.

Here is a small tutorial on how to add an app to WPI!

Ok this is a sample (Very simple) configuration for CCleaner (A.K.A Crap Cleaner)

This assumes you have all of the WPI files either in the WPI folder at the root of your Windows cd or all of the WPI folders (Common, Graphics, WPIScripts, Tools, Install and Themes) and the file WPI.hta at the root of your cd.

Remember this is just the most basic and required entries for a program!

#1 Download the app and place it in the WPI\Install Folder. (CCleaner.exe in this example)

#2 Run WPI.hta and click on the

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I have one question about WPI....what exactly does it and do I really need it :icon_question:

I better :tumbleweed: before someone gets mad at me about this question :sweatingbullets:

Any apps that you do not want/cannot install as an AddOn can be installed by WPI.

It also allows you to create different "profiles" and select/deselect certain apps prior to installation.

Hence, it is way more cutomized than any AddOn could ever be.

If you only install one one single machine (yours), there's probabaly not too much need for it, but for a true universal unattended install disc this is Godsent! :)

Whether you really need it or not is a question impossible to answer.

Do you "need" any of the AddOns here?

Certainly not, you can install everything manually.

Does it speed up your installation and cut down your clicking work?

Certainly.

Same for WPI.

You could probabaly code your own script to run several installers in a row using "wait" command and whatnot.

But that does not provide you any GUI (and, boy, there are some **** fine themes out for it! :D), nor is it easy to customize.

The big advantage for WPI in my case is that it allows me to install size-extensive apps from another disc than the %SOURCE%.

Also, you may not want to install MS Office for each person, as some prefer Open Office etc.

Video encoding and editing software/codecs may not be needed on a pure office PC, to give another example.

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Thanks and now in clear english or german please and not in pc-language so I can understand it too :icon_rolleyes:

Kel I've bookmarked you and will go there to read.....so don't interrupt me while I'm reading :cigar:

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