Thoughts about setup and deployment issues, WiX, XNA, the .NET Framework and Visual Studio
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Because of some of the posts I’ve written in the past, I often get asked about how to install various products in silent or unattended mode. In some cases, I am familiar with the product and know how to answer the question. However, in a lot of cases, I don’t, and in those cases, I try running the installer with the /? command line switch to see if it will display a usage dialog to describe the available options. This technique doesn’t always help because some installers do not list any command line switches or they only list a selected subset of their supported switches. However, it has provided some very useful information in the past, and it is worth trying if you are having trouble finding documentation for setup command line switches.
For example, if you download the installer for the .NET Framework 4 and run it with the /? switch, you will see a lot of information about available command line switches. There are several standard options that are pretty well documented (silent/unattended install and uninstall), and there are several other useful options that you may not have been aware of:
As announced earlier today on the XNA Game Studio team blog and on the App Hub forums, there have been a few changes to the Xbox LIVE Indie Game submission policies to give developers more flexibility when submitting their games. Here is a brief summary of the changes:
Please visit this forum thread for more detailed information and answers to any questions you might have about these changes.