Why can I only install one software at a time?

omer January 15, 2011
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How come I can only install one software at a time in Windows?

  1. Anonymous
    January 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Hi
    Because you use the windows installer, because you have to agree some rules and also choose destination of install. Its not a Silent Installer.

    Install multiple applications
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb680842.aspx
    The program you select must meet the following criteria:

    1) It must run under the local system account and not the user account.
    2) It should not interact with the desktop. The program must run silently or in an unattended mode.

    iPossible is to use a VB script to give the ultimate flexibility. You have to create a folder called Computers and under that to create multiple collections e.g. Each Collection must have a variable which you can pick out and then branch to the subroutine of the VB script....

    or
    You can create a .bat file and use the start command (http://www.computerhope.com/starthlp.htm)to install the applications you need. If the setup files are not available via some url then you need to keep them on your hard drive.

    Would be a nice setup to create a simple install folder and use relative paths, keeping the .bat file on the root folder

    In contrast, modern installers almost always package the application into a single blob that automatically extracts to the user's temporary folder. So if an application has a monolithic setup file, you usually don't need to worry about the working directory.

    This means you can dramatically simplify running installers in most cases. All you need to do is specify the path to the installer file as a command in the batch file. There's no need to make the batch file wait: When a batch file launches a graphical executable directly, it automatically pauses until the application closes. You can also put quotes around a path containing spaces without any worries; the batch file correctly interprets this as the path to a file, unlike the Start command.

    or use automation soft
    AutoIt
    http://www.autoitscript.com/

    there are some programs that can help in batch install
    http://ninite.com/
    http://allmyapps.com/
    http://www.freenew.net/
    http://www.magic-downloader.com/
    http://installpad.com/applists

  2. Tina
    January 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Omer,

    software installation requires that the software writes information to different places, including highly sensitive locations like the registry. Errors during this process could cause the registry to become corrupted, which in turn could make your system instable or even unbootable. Hence, for security reasons, it is recommended that you only install one program at a time.

    Does your system not allow you to install more than one program at a time? I think in Windows XP it was possible to run two installations in parallel. Never tried it in any other version of Windows, though.