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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.

WPI is a simple to use automation program for the choice and installation of multiple programs, tweaks and scripts. No longer will you need a dozen CD's or more when doing a fresh Installation. No longer will you need multiple files when you are servicing another PC. With Windows Post-Install Wizard all that you will need is 1 or 2 CD\DVD's to fully install your PC with all of your apps, scripts, registry files or tweaks. Instead of having to re-download those apps like adobe reader, flash or updates to programs you can have them all on one disk. With WPI you can have all of them all on one disk and then have a nice interface for selecting which apps to install and after configured properly WPI will install all of them without any needed input from you. WPI also and is commonly used added to your windows installation disks. This way you can automate the complete process of Windows and program installations.

With your typical setup of WPI you have your OS and all of the apps, tweaks and such on one disk. After windows installs, WPI kicks in and you are given a selection of everything you have configured WPI with, then you can select the ones you want or simply let the timer run out and your default apps will install.

Highlights of the newest version!

v7.2.2 Updates - Released December 21th, 2008
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* Tweaked all the themes to get spacing in buttons to match across the
board.

* Log file now logs all user settings.

* Fixed a bug in the installer with the reboot and history files.

* Tweaked the update notice for config file.

* Tweaked how the Options/Config file path is set. No longer uses
relative paths.

* Added function getIEver().
Usage: getIEver()=="7.0"
Returns: 5.5, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0

* Automated the %comma% placement/replacement. You can put your commas
back in place of the %comma%.

* Fixed bug with &'s in command line. Also fixed bugs with commas in
names.

* Fixed bug in installer not using selected language after a reboot.

* Took Change Log tab out of About WPI window. Too large; slows closing
of window.

* More information is logged in the install log file.

* Fixed a sorting bug when saving the Config file.

* Using new IE6 PNG filter code. It works better, but, is slower and
system intensive.

* Updated CDROM check yet again. CDROM will be set if started from a CD
or a USB key (removable device).

* Updated Pause and Abort in installer even more.

* Updated the Pause in installer. Now pauses immediately.

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Notes and Extras

Suggested disk folder layout:

layout.jpg

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

["%wpipath%\Install\Blah.exe" /switch]

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 Config button\Icon area.

3. Go to the very top area above the config section and click on the button that says Add

4. Enter in the name section CCleaner No quotes! Then click on any other section of the config area to activate the rest of the wizard.

5. You will notice the Unique ID (UID) section gets automatically filled in for you.

6. All apps are selected to be installed by default right from the start so if you dont want it selected by default you must uncheck this box.

7. Choose a category for your app to be displayed in. If you want the app to be displayed in a category you dont see simply chose other and a box will appear that will allow the entry of you choice.

8. In the commands tab click on "Add" at the controls area just right of the command line pane and then the the little folder icon and browse to your folder that contains the app, preferably the .\WPI\Install folder then select the CCleaner installer, this will place the appropriate path in the command line.

9. Add the necessary switch(s) for the program to run silently. For CCleaner the switch is /S so you would have your command line looks like so = "%wpipath%\Install\CCleaner.exe" /S (This can be easily done for most standard apps by simply clicking on the USSF button on the far right of the command line.) Other switches for apps that USSF cannot identify you can try looking at the forum section here = MSFN Application Installs section,

10. Select the Save and then the Exit buttons and you have now configured your first app!

Afterwards you configure WPI to run with your CD using whichever method you choose. We suggest using one of the pre compiled and nicely provided $oem$ (Source folder if your are using Vista or Server 2008) folders that can be found in the downloads section. Then you can use an app like nLite, vLite, CDImageGUI or the Makeiso* program included in the tools folder to make your CD w\WPI bootable again.

* MakeIso.exe = Adds make bootable .iso to the right click menu of folders. It is a silent installer so DO NOT click on it 50x a simple double click is all that is need to install it. It can be uninstalled from the add\remove programs menu! Just go to the source folder (The one that contains I386 and WPI) and right click then select Make Bootable ISO...

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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

MakeISO.exe

autorun.inf <-- Updated and fixed

WPI.ico New icon thanks to WolfX2

TaskKillS.exe from sadicq <-- TaskKillS Instructions

Cleanup.exe (Deletes ALL icons from the desktop)

Reboot.exe (Dialog box that will reboot in 60 sec unless cancel is pressed)

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Here is a quick start package that will set your windows disk up to use WPI after the desktop loads.

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.

http://www.wpiw.net/downloads/Post_$OEM$.rar

Contents of the Post %OEM% archive:

cmdlines.txt

RunWPI.inf

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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.

http://www.wpiw.net/downloads/$OEM$.rar

cmdlines.txt

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

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An $OEM%\WPI folder that sets up your WPI for RunOnceEx with the official Zune Microsoft Theme!

http://www.wpiw.net/downloads/$OEM$-Zune.rar

Contents of the %OEM%-Zune archive:

cmdlines.txt

RunWPI_Zune.exe

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An $OEM%\WPI folder that sets up your WPI for RunOnceEx with the official Embedded Microsoft Theme!

http://www.wpiw.net/downloads/$OEM$-Embedded.rar

Contents of the %OEM%-Embedded archive:

cmdlines.txt

RunWPI_Embedded.exe

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Here is mritters RUN_ WPI solution!

http://www.wpiw.net/downloads/$OEM$_RunWPI.cmd.rar

CleanUpWPI.cmd

cmdlines.txt

RunOnceEx.cmd

RunWPI.cmd

Use is as the same as the one above...

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This is for use with all versions of Windows Vista and Server 2008!

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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Over 2000 .png images for your pleasure to use in your tooltips or whatever!

PNG Collection.

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Themes are now hosted on WPI.net!!!

Please remember and donate!

Edited by Kelsenellenelvian
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OK all of the WPIRun files HAVE been updated!

#1 They now include the office fix.

#2 They work again to run WPI before the desktop loads again.

I do, however, need this translated to cmd version from anyone that can do it please (For the Vista source file)

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"Disable Script Debugger"="no"
"DisableScriptDebuggerIE"="no"

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Thanks for the update i have been using v7.2.0 and the bug with the desktop loading was really annoying so thanks for fixing that.

One suggestion though guys in the next version could you please put back the option to organise the WPI into alphabetical order for the way things are installed i cant find the option to do this in the new version so i apologise if it is there and i cant see the wood for the bloody trees!!! :D

Thanks again for this awesome app, pats on the backs for all you guys!!!

Peace

Stoner81

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excuse me

desktop still loads while WPI is working!

which $OEM should I download with this version

another thing, when WPI start installing the application

I need the Words (Failed) in red and the Word (Succeful) in Green

how to do that?

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  • 2 weeks later...
@Stoner81: Options -> General tab -> Options combo drop down box -> Sort within categories.

Thanks for that I thought I had used it before but could not find it! Sorry for askin a bit of a dumb question there! :D

Cheers for the help!

Stoner81.

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