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Install at shutdown

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 16:03

Hi, experts!

Give your answer for next question please. Can I create installer (using MSI and/or Win32 API) for some product, which can be installed during system shutdown (like windows updates).

Thanks in advance!


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Posted 07 December 2007 - 10:12

Sorry for the delay in responding. I had the answer the same day and was *sure* I'd posted it....evidently not!

I cannot imagine under what circumstances anyone would want to install stuff this way - it tends to be used for clean-up tasks and such - but what you have to do is add a shutdown script. The easiest way to do that is via Group Policy. Have no fear: this doesn't mean it can only happen in AD environments, nor that you have to get into Group Policy scripting (although that would be the neatest solution).

Have a play with GPEdit and then check out the results in
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System\Scripts (user scripts)


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System\Scripts (machine scripts)

That will give you a clue as to what you need to add to the registry to accomplish what you want.

See this MS article for more details. For user-based scripts (!), change where the article says 'Computer Configuration' to 'User Configuration'.
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