Custom multi-application installer?

By natedog102 · 5 replies
Jul 20, 2009
  1. I'm a tech at the local PC repair shop, and we have a checklist as to which programs we install after cleaning the infection out of the customer's computer. I have cleaned more computers to count, and installing each app gets very time consuming. Silent installs can only do so much, and I would like something more.

    What I need to install is CCleaner, Firefox (with Flash and Java), and Spybot S&D. There are other things we do, such as MS updates and installing an anti-virus program, but those three programs are what I need installed simultaneously.

    Possible? Impossible?

    Thanks for your time,
  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Your easiest bet would probably be just some sort of batch file to do silent installs (which you've stated you don't want to do) or make an AutoIT script/exe to do the installs for you. You could also package up the installations into a single installer using something like Wise or EMCO, but I'd recommend against the latter.

    To be honest, I do installs of many apps, including some of the ones you've mentioned, via silent install scripts. It's pretty simple to do and you can find almost any information about making silents installs from
  3. natedog102

    natedog102 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Using a batch script to silent install all apps is a great idea! Can't believe that didn't occur to me. Thanks for the helpful advice!
  4. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    Ccleaner without Installation

    Just some info on Ccleaner, in case you didn’t know it.

    There is a portable version (no installer), as well as a slim version (no annoying toolbar).

  5. natedog102

    natedog102 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for all the help, but I do have just a few more questions. What is the environment variable for the drive letter? I read %1 can be used. Ex. "%1:\Tools\ccleaner.exe" and then entering into the batch file the drive letter.

    What can I do about this?

    EDIT; I forgot to mention this: I want this batch file on my flash drive. Obviously the flash drive does not always have the same assigned letter, so this will, needless to say, cause some issues in my script.
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Some software I've used to automate the process of common, free apps like Firefox, Picasa, Open Office etc..: The benefit to this over using your own batch file is that these programs can also keep your installers up to date and they've pretty much done all of the 'dirty work' for you.
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