>> EZINST v1.2 - Easy Installation <<
EZinst is an installation program for
Microsoft Windows. It was designed for
programmers, consultants, and other
users who need a program to easily
install Windows applications.
Documentation: README.TXT and on-line
EZinst is an installation program for Microsoft Windows. It was
designed for programmers, consultants, and other computer users in need of a
simple, inexpensive, customizable, Windows installation program.
Installing EZinst from the distribution .ZIP file is extremely easy
(After it has been unzipped).
1. Start Microsoft Windows.
2. From the File sub-menu menu in Program Manager, choose Run...
3. Specify the location of the unzipped files and type install.exe.
4. The installation program will prompt you to enter the destination
5. The installation program will prompt you to enter the source
6. The installation program will finish the installation
This is a complete file list.
1. INSTALL.EXE - the main installation program.
2. INSTALL.HLP - the on-line help file.
3. INSTALL.INI - the installation file and example.
4. COMPRESS.EXE - Microsoft's compression file.
5. README.TXT - this file.
6. CATALOG.TXT - a list of Burnham Park Software, Inc's
7. ORDER.FRM - the form for registering EZinst.
8. FILE_ID.DIZ - the description file.
9. VENDINFO.DIZ - the verdor information file.
The EZinst program (INSTALL.EXE) is small (about 60k) and easy to
use. Simply copy it to the distribution disk along with the INSTALL.INI file
(described in the following section) and the distribution files. It will then
be ready to install. All the person installing the program has to do is run
Microsoft Windows and use the File-Run... menu command (Example:
a:install.exe). The rest is self explanatory.
The INSTALL.INI file
The INSTALL.INI file is easy to use, but must be syntactically
Line #1 The version number of the .INI file. The @@[email protected]
macro defines the EZinst compatible version number.
Line #2 The title displayed in large letters in the
installation program window.
Line #3 The two background colors. The first will start at
the top of the window and blend into the second color
at the bottom. The colors may be followed by the
@ and/or @@[email protected]
@ macros to enable the title to
be italicized and/or underlined.
Line #4 The default source drive/directory. This can be the
Line #5 The default destination drive/directory. If it
already exists, the EZinst will prompt if it is still
to be used.
Line #6 The number of files to install. Make sure this number
corresponds to the number of lines following it
(except lines with @@[email protected]
Line #7-#? The files to install. They may be compressed using
Microsoft's compress.exe. The macro @@[email protected]
cause EZinst to wait for the next installation disk
to be inserted and will be ignored in the file
count. The macro @@[email protected]
@ and others may be used (see
the Macros section).
Line #8 The program group. If it doesn't already exist, it
will be created.
Line #9 The number of program items to be created in the
program group. Make sure this number corresponds to
the number of lines following it.
Line #10-#? The program items to install. The first part of an
entry is the program to be run followed by
command-line parameters. The second part of an entry
is the title, and is separated by a comma. The macro
@ and others may be used (see the Macros
Line #11 The number of entries into the WIN.INI (or other
.INI) file. Make sure this number corresponds to the
number of lines following it.
Line #12-#? The WIN.INI entries. The first part of the entry is
the section, followed by a comma and the entry,
followed by a comma and the string, optionally
followed by a comma and the .INI file (WIN.INI is the
default). The macro @@[email protected]
@ and others may be used
(see the Macros section).
Line #13 The number of programs to run. Make sure this number
corresponds to the number of lines following it.
Line #14-#? The programs to run. The format is: command line,
optionally followed by one of two display macros.
The @@[email protected]
@ macro displays the program maximized, and
the @@[email protected]
@ macro displays the program minimized (the
default is normal). The macro @@[email protected]
@ and others may
also be used (see the Macros section).
@=1.2 ; Version number 1.2
Gengame Installation ; Title to display while installing
BLUE YELLOW @@[email protected]
@ ; Background colors (blue to yellow)
a: ; Default source drive/directory
c:\gengame ; Default destination drive/directory
3 ; Number of files to install
gengame.ex_ ; Name of files (may be compressed or
gengame.hl_ ; un-compressed). Must be the name
@ ; in the source drive/directory)
readme.tx_ ; @@[email protected]
@ will prompt for new disk
Games ; Program (manager) group
2 ; Number of program items
@\gengame.exe, Generic Game ; Program item(s) (program itself)
winhelp @@[email protected]
@\gengame.hlp, Help ; (a help file)
2 ; Number of INI entries
Gengame, dir, @@[email protected]
@ ; INI entries (to WIN.INI)
Gengame, high, 1000, gengame.ini ; (to GENGAME.INI)
1 ; Number of programs to execute
@\notepad @@[email protected]
@\readme.txt ; Program(s) to execute
@ Will be substituted by the destination directory
@ Will be substituted by the subdirectory of the
destination directory following the macro. If it
does not exist, it will be created (only in the file
@ Will be subsituted by the Windows system directory.
@ Will be subsituted by the Windows directory.
Note: these macros may only be used in the file, program items,
INI emtry, and ececution lists.
The compression program (compress.exe) is used to reduce the size
of distributed programs. The syntax is: compress [-r] file.ext [filenew.ext].
If the -r switch is used, the second filename is not needed, as compress will
automatically alter the first filename by changing the last character to an
'_'. Example: compress -r install.exe; will create install.ex_ (compressed).
Changes from version 1.1
Version 1.2 may easily be considered a major upgrade. There are a
quite a number of changes/enhancements from v1.1, and v1.1 .INI files are
still supported. Enhancements include: many more macros, the ability to add
WIN and other INI file entries, copying to and creation of sub-directories of
the destination directory, running other programs, and enhanced error
EZinst is a shareware program that has a two week evaluation period
after which a payment of $22 is required. As shareware, EZinst was
distributed freely in order to allow people to "test drive" it. The try-
before-you-buy concept allows users to find out which programs are useful
before purchasing them. If a shareware program is useful or entertaining,
please support it through registration. The registration fee for EZinst is
only $22 and entitles you to the newest version of the program, a utility
(MAKEINI) to help create INSTALL.INI files, a printed manual, customer
support (through the mail or on Compuserve, AOL, Delphi, GEnie, or the
Internet), the source code, an unlimited distribution license, and
information (and discounts) on other offerings from Burnham Park Software,
Inc. (Note: the old registration fee was $12. Any orders received before
11/1/94 will be accepted at the old fee of $12.) To register, send your name,
address, and a check or money order to:
Burnham Park Software, Inc.
P.O. Box #814
Chicago, IL 60690-0814
Phone: (312) 922-6313
BBS: (312) 922-2839
AOL: J null B
Internet: [email protected]
EZinst is supplied as is. The author disclaims all warranties,
expressed or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of
merchantability and of fitness for any purpose. The author assumes no
liability for damages, direct or consequential, which may result from the use
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