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How do I install WinZip 10.0 multi-user licenses in a networked environment?

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Last updated: 04 Jan, 2012
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These instructions apply to WinZip 10.0 only. Full support for WinZip 10 has expired. However, these instructions should still be valid assuming you are running Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows 98. Links to instructions are also available for other WinZip versions.

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The WinZip Multi-User License File: WinZip.wzmul

Customers who purchase a multi-user license receive a unique WinZip.wzmul registration file. For WinZip 10, this file must be placed in the WinZip folder in Program Files in order for WinZip 10.0 to run as a licensed, registered version. This file may have been provided to you as part of a customized distribution CD or it may have been provided separately if you took on-line delivery of the WinZip download file, winzip100.exe.

If you are installing from a customized distribution CD, the WinZip.wzmul registration file will be installed along with your copy of WinZip 10.0. When installing via the download distribution file, winzip100.exe, your WinZip.wzmul registration file will need to be separately copied to the WinZip program files folder.

Is there a WinZip 10 MSI file?

Click here to download the WinZip 10.0 MSI file (winzip100.msi). You may also want to refer to How do I customize my WinZip MSI? for MSI customization information. Please be sure to note that the customization page includes information that pertains to later WinZip versions as well. Properties and configurations that do not pertain to WinZip 10 should be noted where applicable.

What are the user requirements to install WinZip?

The initial WinZip install to a computer must be done from an account with Administrator or Power User privileges. These privileges are required to install any program that includes a shell extension, such as WinZip. This initial installation configures WinZip both at the machine level (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Nico Mak Computing\WinZip) and at the user level for the installing user only (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Nico Mak Computing\WinZip). Thereafter, no special privileges are required as the machine level configuration will be silently propagated to subsequent users (administrators or limited users) who run WinZip for the first time.

The default installation settings include the creation of WinZip shortcuts and a program group in the All Users folder so that the icons appear on the Desktop and in the Start menu for all users of the machine.

For example, if you are using Windows XP or Windows 2000, the shortcuts will be added to the two folders

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu

and the WinZip program group will be created in:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\StartMenu\Programs

In addition, a shortcut to the WinZip Quick Pick tray icon is added to the Startup folder for all users. For example, on Windows XP or Windows 2000, this shortcut will be added to:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\StartMenu\Programs\Startup

Can the WinZip program files be located on the server (zero footprint)?

Yes. The steps involved are:

  1. Network Administrator installs WinZip to a server to which all users have access. From the customized WinZip 10.0 distribution CD, install WinZip to the server. If you do not have a CD and are using a distribution file, then double click on WINZIP100.EXE and install WinZip to the Program Files\WinZip folder. Then copy the multi-user license file, WinZip.wzmul, to the same location.
  2. The Network Administrator logs onto each computer as an administrator (all other users should be logged off), ensures each user on the computer has access to the WinZip folder on the server, and runs WINZIP32.EXE. For example, using a batch file or executing from the Start menu RUN command, use:
    "N:\Program Files\WinZip\WINZIP32.EXE"
    Note: If the computer users have administrative privileges, they can do the installation themselves.
  3. When limited users log onto their computer and into the server where WinZip is located, they are now ready to use WinZip.

Can the WinZip program files be located on the users' computers?

Yes. The steps involved are:

  1. Network Administrator installs WinZip to a server.
  2. From the customized WinZip 10.0 distribution CD, install WinZip to the server.
  3. If you do not have a CD and are using a distribution file, double click on WINZIP100.EXE and install WinZip to the Program Files\WinZip folder. Then copy the multi-user license file, WinZip.wzmul, to the same location. If you are not allowed to install a program onto the server, please perform the above steps on a client computer and then copy the WinZip files to the server.
  4. The Network Administrator copies the contents of the WinZip folder on the server to the user's local hard disk, and then runs WINZIP32.EXE from the local computer. For example, using a batch file or executing from the Start menu RUN command, use: "C:\Program Files\WinZip\WINZIP32.EXE"
  5. When limited users log onto their computer they are now ready to use WinZip.

How to install WinZip silently

When you run WINZIP32.EXE, using the above examples, you go through the entire installation process. You have to reply to each panel in the installation wizard. There is a silent WinZip install method which can be managed by packages like Microsoft's System Management Server (SMS).

The /AUTOINSTALL variable is added to the end of the WINZIP32.EXE command line to perform silent installations of WinZip.

  • Rather than using: "N:\Program Files\WinZip\WINZIP32.EXE"
  • Use: "N:\Program Files\WinZip\WINZIP32.EXE" /autoinstall
  • Be sure to use WINZIP32.EXE. Do not use WINZIP100.EXE or SETUP.EXE
  • Be sure there is a space between WINZIP32.EXE and /autoinstall

Note: The /autoinstall switch, when used on its own, facilitates an automatic installation of WinZip with default installation settings, using the default Classic interface, as if the user had manually selected the Express Install option. The default installation settings include the creation of a program group, desktop and start menu shortcuts for all users, addition of the Quick Pick tray icon in the startup folder for all users, creation of WinZip file associations for all users, and configuration of WinZip's Check for Updates feature, among other things.

How to customize the silent installation of WinZip

Switches that can be used with /autoinstall are:

  • /noqp - prevent WinZip from including the WinZip Quick Pick icon in the taskbar tray
  • /noc4u - prevent the "Check for Update" function from running
  • /notip - prevent the "Tip of the Day" from displaying
  • /nopredefinedjobs - prevent pre-configured WinZip jobs from being installed
  • /nojobrunprompt - prevent the prompt dialog from appearing when running WinZip jobs*
  • /nodesktop - prevent WinZip from including the WinZip shortcut on the desktop
  • /nostartmenu - prevent WinZip from including a WinZip shortcut at the top of the Start menu
  • /nomenugroup - prevent WinZip from creating a WinZip program group and icons

*Be sure to consider the security implications of allowing your users to automatically run WinZip Job files before installing with this parameter.

You may use any combination, or all, of these switches. However, when using multiple switches, they must be in the same order as they are displayed above. For example, if you want to customize your installation to have no WinZip Quick Pick icon, no WinZip desktop icon and no WinZip icon in the start menu, you would issue this command:

"[PATH]\WinZip\winzip32.exe" /noqp /nodesktop /nostartmenu /autoinstall
(Replace [PATH] with the actual drive letter and path to your WinZip folder, such as C:\Program Files)

Note: You can tell if you made an error if the WinZip installation wizard begins. Cancel the installation and fix the problem.

What can I do if the user's registry is cleared out every day?

In some network environments, WinZip may repeat the installation process (including the Setup Wizard) each time it is run from a workstation. This may occur when the network environment does not preserve WinZip's registry settings between WinZip sessions.

If you encounter this situation, or if you have a simple deployment scheme that involves only the placement of the WinZip files with no special customizations, you can set WinZip up to install itself "on demand" by creating a file called AUTOINST.TXT in the WinZip folder. This file, which must be a plain text file, must contain this exact text:

I agree to the WinZip Computing License Agreement

If the AUTOINST.TXT file is present in the WinZip folder and contains the specified text, WinZip will perform the equivalent of an /autoinstallrun (install WinZip quietly and start WinZip with no other parameters) each time it is run and your users will never see the Setup Wizard.

Once again the user who invokes the installation at the beginning of the day needs to be a local administrator. Then the limited users can log in and use WinZip.

However, if the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE registry is not touched and only HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry keys are reset, then limited users can do the initial installation.

Note: The presence of AUTOINST.TXT facilitates a silent installation of WinZip with default installation settings, using the Classic interface, as if the user had manually selected the Express Install option. The default installation settings include the creation of a program group, desktop and start menu shortcuts for all users, addition of the Quick Pick tray icon in the startup folder for all users, creation of WinZip file associations for all users, and configuration of WinZip's Check for Updates feature, among other things. There is no facility for customizing the installation when AUTOINST.TXT is used to silently install WinZip.

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