Installing stand-alone apps on Windows

Jan Schenkel janschenkel at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 17 07:45:01 EDT 2002


--- Kee Nethery <kee at kagi.com> wrote:
> >Hello List!
> >
> >Distributing my project to Windows, can someone
> tell me what the usual
> >protocol is for installing an app on a Windows
> machine? It seems that the
> >mac's simple "drag it to where you want it" may not
> suffice. Does someone
> >have an installation script they might be willing
> to share?
> 
> [snip]
>
> Again, I use Mac OS X and am not a windows expert
> but just dropping 
> it onto the hard drive seemed to be enough.
> 
> Kee Nethery

Hi Bob, Hi Kee.

One of our current products (not written in RunRev,
but another language) is deployed the same way: copy
the folder onto the hard drive.

The only tricky bit is that Windows thinks that files
from a cd are locked, thus you can't write to any
datafiles that are copied from the cd.
Of course you can make a 'firstrun' batch file that
will do an 
   attrib -r *.*
in the appropriate directories.

Apart from that, I've noticed that our Windows users
find it quite disconcerting at first. They're used to
flashy installers that put things in places they don't
even want to know exist.
So for the more conservative of users, an install
script that merely copies the file to the hard drive
goes a long way towards putting them at ease --
however silly that may sound.

Just my 2 eurocents,

Jan Schenkel.

"As we grow older, we grow both wiser and more foolish
at the same time."  (De Rochefoucald)

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