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  1. #1
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    Aug 2007

    auto launch

    I'm new to this forum so I don't know if this item has been covered.

    Is it possible to have the installed program automatically launch immediately after installation?

  2. #2
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    Jan 2000
    It can be done using a Custom Action. See Actions > Custom Actions on the menu. You will need to run a "Run Executable" custom action and schedule it appropriately.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2007
    Brett, I need this too and I'm tired of noodling around. I have the right custom action, but I can't get it to run after the Finish button is clicked on the last dialog.

    Do you know what the correct settings are? If I can just get over this last hurdle, I'll be buying your product. I must say, besides this frustration, it's been awesome.

  4. #4
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    Jan 2000
    Ok, here is a step-by-step:

    (this example assumes that the main program executable is in your file list and is being installed)
    1. Select Actions > Custom Actions from the menu.
    2. Add a Run Executable action
    3. Set the Run Executable properties to:
      • Settings tab
        • Location: Installed with product
        • File ID: <find the file in your project>
      • Attributes
        • ID: RunProgram
        • Scheduling: Immediate
        • Return: Async no wait
        • <do not enter any Timing entries>
    4. Click OK to accept the custom action and then OK again to get out of the Custom Actions dialog
    5. Select Project > Dialogs
    6. Select the Advanced Edit mode.
    7. In the tree, go to InstallUISequence > Install Completed Successfully
    8. Select the "ExitDialog" dialog
    9. Double-click the Finish button
    10. Select the Published Events tab
    11. Click Add to open the Published Event Properties dialog and set the properties to:
      • Event: DoAction
      • Arguments: RunProgram
      • Condition: 1
    12. Click OK
    13. Move the event above the EndDialog event
    14. Click OK until you are back out to the main screen

    That should do it. I have attached a sample project file for your reference.
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    Last edited by Lorne; 08-29-2007 at 09:14 AM. Reason: Added list formatting.

  5. #5
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    Aug 2007
    Excellent instructions. Camtasia studio might be a huge time saver for you in the future.

    I had tried just about everything except this combination of settings. I think the closest I came was having exactly what you described except for step 12!


  6. #6
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    Sep 2009


    I have done exactly as described by Brett and it worked wonderfully until I tried to override INSTALLDIR during installation.

    I. e. I have a product being installed into c:\Program Files\MyApp\MyAppMain.exe by default. If user agrees with the default path then MyAppMain.exe is launched when he clicks Finish. But if user changes the default path to c:\Program Files\MyApp2 then installer simply exits on clicking Finish button.

    I tried using "Full path with working folder" ([INSTALLDIR]\MyAppMain.exe) instead of "Installed with product" and got same behavior.

    Any ideas?

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