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Mars Installer 1.5 - automatic software installation


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?So mars installer should find this file at my windows cd and sets the drive letter from this cd to mars installer. is that right?


But you cannot put a folder here (if you making a bootable Windows CD/DVD - you always need to have marker files at the root of the CD, so FindCD=win51ip.SP2 is good)

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first, thank you for your great software!

I'm trying to silent install opera, maybe there are problems with quotes?


this works:

Run1="%FOLDER%\Opera_9.24_International_Setup.exe" /S

this will NOT:


LOG (note missing " after /qn):

Mars Installer 1.3 log file.

Installation started on 05/12/2007 7.46.25



%ROOT%=C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\Software


[1] Opera 9.24


Run1=C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\Software\Internet\Opera 9.24\Opera_9.24_International_Setup.exe" /S /V"CREATE_DESKTOP_ICON=0 CREATE_QUICKLAUNCH_ICON=1 CREATE_STARTMENU_ICONS=1 ALLUSERS=1 /qn

The system cannot find the file specified


Installation finished on 05/12/2007 7.46.25


Edited by Gremo
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thank you again, i solved on minute after posting that! (i also edited that post)...

btw, here are my suggested little improvements:

1) add the possibility to define variables into programs sections (variable for username, regkey, etv...)

2) myabe a more usefull progress bar? i think you can create it based on Run1, Run2, Run3, etc... steps, displaying current step graphically (or maybe current steps done (sum of all...) / total steps...)

3) a switch to remove automatic exit after xxx seconds

4) more important, some shortcuts to run custom commands used often:

e.g. DelStartupVal (val) delete a startup value in registry

DelDeskShortcut (name) delete a desktop shortuct (short of cmd /c del /f /q %DESKTOP%/(name)

this will make ini file more easier to read.

also notice that cmd /c reg DELETE key doesn't work here for access denied error


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1. I will think about it.

2. Usually only one Run command from a couple is an installer and works much longer then others. So it's really impossible to make a correct progress bar here.

3. Explain please. Do you want to stop auto restart counter when it counts?

4. Why not just copy/paste your commands while editing marsinst.ini?

also notice that cmd /c reg DELETE key doesn't work here for access denied error

What you mean? Everything works fine for me until you're with administrator privileges.

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Hello there!

The new version is available - 1.4

What's new:

[+] Now it's possible to create a different radio buttons groups (Radio=2, Radio=8)

[+] Program info URL icon will be shown for each program if "URL=" is set

[+] Status bar shows total available programs to install (includes hidden programs too)

[+] Now it's possible to set alternate marsinst.log file location from ini file (LogPath)

[+] Windows temp directory shortcut - %TEMP%

[*] High CPU usage while installing an application fixed

[*] Some other bug fixes and improvements

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Please explane me anybody how do i run marsinstaller from SVCPACK?

i know, all my installers must be in the same directory with MARSINST.EXE , MARSINST.INI and all silent installers.

So, i replaced them all in the directory MYCD -> i386\SVCPACK .

maybe i did something wrong with information MARSINST.INI...

Somebody know about it?

Edited by minutka15
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minutka15 just try to read all comments included in marsinst.ini file. Replied to your PM, there were a lot of errors in your configuration.

And this is not true, your installers can by anywhere:

...all my installers must be in the same directory with MARSINST.EXE...
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Hi Marsianin first of all I would like to thank you for such a great piece of software.

Secondly I would like to ask is there some possibility to see some kind of converter in next release of MarsInstaller (for example to convert RunOnceEx.cmd files to marsinst.ini)?


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A new version of Mars Installer has been released - 1.5

Direct download link

[+] LockDesktop switch added which makes desktop grayed and locked while installer is running
[+] Support for wallpapers with Wallpaper=image.jpg (LockDesktop must be enabled)
[+] IfNotExists=C:\file.exe parameter continues current installation only if this file does not exists
[+] Spanish localization (marsinst.ini)
[*] Some improvements and bugfixes

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My Example:



Name=Mozilla 3.6 + FlashPlug
Run2=cmd /c del /f /q "%QUICKLAUNCH%\Mozilla Firefox.lnk"

Name=Google Chrome 4.1
Run2="Taskkill /F /IM chrome.exe"

Run1="%BPATH%Category1\ares217.exe" /S
Run2="Taskkill /F /IM Ares.exe"
Run3=REG ADD HKCU\SOFTWARE\Ares /v General.AutoStartUp /t REG_DWORD /d 00000000 /f
;Run4=REG DELETE HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run /v Ares /f


Edited by Javo28
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