Consider a scenario, you just have formatted you PC and installed Windows. Now, again you need to install several important software that you were using earlier. Installations may ranges from 5 to 50, depending on your tasks. So, you again need to open setup files of every software and proceed to select language, accept their agreements (EULA), selecting installation folders, whether you want to have desktop icon, quick launch icon and blah-blah.
Even a very small software consumes at least 5-6 steps. So, as you are about to install lots of software now, these additional steps make you task a lot more frustrating.
So today, to remove your this big overhead and bypass software installation wizards, I have come up with the concept of Silent Software Installer. You can create silent software installer for virtually any software.
What it does? Well, it will install the any software in background without showing its installation wizards and prompts/pop-ups. Your software will get installed with default settings, in very fast speed without even letting you know if the install actually happened or not.
So, after creating silent installer for your software, you can install it by just a single double-click. Interesting, huh?
This tutorial will guide you to create Silent Installer.
1. WinRAR. If you don’t have it installed, you can get it for free here.
2. Your software’s setup.
3. Time: Compression Time (depending on size of software)
How To Create Silent Software Installer?
In this section we are about to create silent software installer using WinRAR, by creating SFX archive of setup (.exe/.msi) file and specifying some SFX commands to make installation run in background.
Follow these steps:
Step #1: Install WinRAR (if you don’t have one installed in your system) or else, proceed to the next step.
Step #2: Locate your setup file, right-click on it and select option “Add to archive…” from the context menu.
Step #3: On WinRAR Archive wizard, select Archive Format: RAR, Archive Options: Create SFX Archive and select Compression Method: Best.
Step #4: Navigate to ‘Advanced’ Tab and select ‘SFX Options..’ from the right side.
Step #5: On Advanced SFX Options Pop-up, write Notepad++.exe /S at Setup Program section in Run after extraction field. Replace Notepad++ with the name of your setup file.
Step #6: On Modes tab, under Silent mode section, choose ‘Hide all’ and on Update tab, under Overwrite mode section, choose ‘Overwrite all files’.
Step #7: From the Text and Icon tab, you can choose specify custom icon for this installer (optionally).
Step #8: Click OK twice, and let the compression over to finish the task. And, you’re done.
After step #3, you can go to Comment tab and put this code inside the textarea saying ‘Enter a comment manually’:
;The comment below contains SFX script commands
Rename Notepad++ with your setup file name, and press OK. You’re done.
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