Posted on Nov 15, 2017

Isn't That Write

What creative business solutions have you come up with for your employer or client?

In the first half of the '90s I worked for an outfit that developed a Tip-A-Day product it sold as an add-on at its day-long Windows seminars.

I provided many of the tips. A different one appeared each time a user booted into Windows.

Simple as it was, in those days there remained many who had no idea how to install the product. I was having to field the installation queries, taking time away from my role as managing editor of the company's monthly Windows tips newsletter (and seminar speaker).

I had suggested to management they license InstallShield to make the support problem go away. Falling on deaf ears, I came up with the idea of rolling my own installation procedure.

Being proficient with WinBatch—a Windows scripting tool that can perform most any task—I created a full-on, automated setup routine for Tip-A-Day. Most of my code involved probing and error checking to make installation bulletproof. I succeeded!

The following link is to my fully-commented code. It explains what each step does.

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