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Creating Simple Installation Programs with IExpress

Windows XP comes with a program called Iexpress that creates simple “setup”-type installation programs that you can use to distribute programs and scripts to other users. Iexpress is part of every Windows XP installation, yet it appears nowhere in the Windows Help and Support center. It was created as a tool to help network administrators maintain Microsoft Outlook. You can read a bit about it by visiting support.microsoft.com and searching for article q237803.

Iexpress provides a great way to disseminate the scripts, WSC components, and batch files that you might create using the tools described in this book, as well as regular Windows and command-line applications you've developed using other software development tools. The Iexpress wizard creates an executable program (sadly, not a Windows Installer .MSI file) that walks an end-user through the installation process and extracts files onto the hard disk. The installer can create Registry entries, and can even run an installation program or script to register WSC objects, modify the path, or perform other initial housekeeping actions.


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