Performing a Silent Installation of Blue Chip


The following information describes how to perform a ‘silent’ installation of MedicalDirector Blue Chip in Windows Vista. A silent installation involves installing Blue Chip onto multiple workstations simultaneously, and is typically initiated after-hours, unattended.

The instructions below are designed for experienced IT professionals. It is recommended that you consult your System Administrator for assistance and advice with conducting a silent installation.


Silent Installations

A silent installation involves recording a response file that records the end-user interaction. This response file is passed to setup.exe so that the installation can be run. It is recommended that you consult your systems administrator before performing such installations.



In order to run an installation in silent mode, you must first run setup.exe with the /r option to generate a response file, which stores information about the data entered and options selected by the user at run time.

Running an installation program with the command setup.exe /r displays all the run-time dialog boxes, and stores the data in a file called setup.iss, created inside the system’s windows folder. To specify an alternative response file name and location, use the /F1 option, described following.



The command Setup.exe /s runs the installation in silent mode, by default based on the responses contained in a response file called Setup.iss in the same directory (response files are created by running Setup.exe with the /r option.) To specify an alternative file name or location for the response file, use the /F1 option, described following.



Using the /F1 option enables you to specify where the response file resides (or where it should be created) and what it is named, as in Setup.exe /s /F1”C:\Temp\Setup.iss”. Specify an absolute path, as using a relative path can give unpredictable results. The /F1 option is available both when creating a response file (with the /r option) and when using a response file (with the /s option).



When running an installation in silent mode (using the /s option), the log file Setup.log is by default created in the same directory and with the same name (except for the extension) as the response file. The /F2 option enables you to specify an alternative log file location and file name, as in Setup.exe /s /F2”C:\Setup.log”. Specify an absolute path; using a relative path gives unpredictable results.