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Old 07-30-2015, 22:37
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Best way to making offline installer out of web downloader

Hi all

I wonder if anyone knows a good approach for creating an offline installer out of a web installer.
For example Windows 10 SDK, WDK, Mobile Emulators, and Visual Studio with developer tool(the one which includes SDK and emulator) are all using web installer and I need an iso image for later reinstallations.
I couldn't find iso make so I wondered if is there anyway to convert a web installer into offline installer(obviously after downloading packages once).
Any idea?

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Old 08-01-2015, 23:17
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In case of Visual Studio you can create an offline installation by launching the web installer with the /layout command-line option. The installer then merely downloads the packages to a folder of choice without installing anything. You can then create an iso from that folder using some iso creation tool for example. I don't know whether this approach also works for the other components you mentioned, though.
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In general, I see there's often an option to create an offline installer for making a CD/DVD to install those software. For a generic method, I would use Capture BAT to capture the downloaded files, investigate the file types and content of them and see that if I could repackage them into an ISO file for later use.
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Depending on how complex the installer is, you could use a software such as SysTracer to take snapshots on the computer before and after the installation and compare what has been changed. You can then use the difference log to help you create your own installer with Inno. However, this would fail if the installer generates system specific files or registry entries. I know it is a lot of work, but typically when a company has only an online installer, they usually have a reason why they do not want you to install in offline. I think it allows them to monitor both where and how many times the application has been installed.
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