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Web Install Without IE?
Justin Moran

Posts: 2
Joined: 2013-12-19
Is it possible to install from the web without internet explorer popping up with the file location and all of the download warnings? I'm looking to install from a website but looking for the install to run quiet in the background.
Posted 29 Apr, 2014 19:35:09 Top
Andrei Smolin

Add-in Express team

Posts: 17360
Joined: 2006-05-11
Hello Justin,

I believe the add-in must NOT be installed silently. I see the user installing the add-in as the person who initiates the process; obviously the user expects to be informed about e.g. whether the installation completes. Also, the add-in may require prerequisites and a prerequisite's installer can be really chatty. So, generally, there's a number of reasons why you cannot install the add-in silently.

On the contrary, updating the add-in can be done silently: prerequisites are already installed, the license is accepted, etc.

After you install the add-in, you have these update options:

1. Use ADXAddinModule.CheckForMsiUpdates - this uses the default web browser and you'll get the popups etc.
2. Use ADXAddinModule.LaunchMsiUpdates - this doesn't use the default web browser but this means you'll need to have two update locations: for those who install the add-in (for the first time) and for those who update the ass-in. This is all you can do using ClickTwice. Not really convenient.
3. A custom solution. E.g. a windows service (for a per-machine add-in) or .EXE that updates the add-in in the way you need.

Regards from Belarus (GMT+3),

Andrei Smolin
Add-in Express Team Leader
Posted 30 Apr, 2014 06:41:33 Top