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DeployMaster Setup Guided Tour

The first impression matters. You know it. If a potential customer downloads the trail version of your software, and has a bad experience trying to install it, that's another lost sale. And if a customer already put her money down, a difficult setup will be a burden for your tech support department.

DeployMaster was designed to give your (potential) customers a good first impression. Installing software will never be fun, but DeployMaster makes it a snap. It does not ask difficult questions to novices and gives advanced computer users the power they like.

In this guided tour I will show you the setup process for EditPad Lite, packaged with DeployMaster. You can download EditPad Lite if you want to try the real thing. The real installer lacks a few things like the identity screen that are shown here for completeness, but not actually needed for EditPad Lite.

You can walk through the tour by clicking the buttons on the screen shots.

Welcome

The welcome screen above shows up immediately after the user launches a setup program built with DeployMaster. Unlike many other installers, setups created with DeployMaster do not being with a lengthy extraction or validation process. DeployMaster setups pop up instantly.

The welcome screen shows up without the typical security prompt that makes the screen go black. Administrator privileges are not needed to show a welcome screen, so DeployMaster does not request them at this point. This allows the user to confirm he's running the right installer without giving it free reign of his PC. If the security prompt appears immediately, the user may click No and forget about your product.

Instead, the installer will request administrator privileges when the user clicks one of the buttons to commence installation. On Windows Vista and later, this button shows a little shield icon to indicate the usual black screen security prompt will follow. If the user clicks Continue on the security prompt, the installer will proceed. If the user clicks No, the installer stays at the Welcome screen.

The welcome shows up to five buttons. When the mouse pointer is on top of one of them, a description of what the button does will be shown at the right.

No-Questions-Asked Installation installs the application without asking any technical questions. This is ideal for inexperienced computer users.

More Information shows the readme file. This button only appears if a readme file was specified on the Project page while building the installer.

Select Components allows the user to choose what will be installed and what not. No other technical questions are asked. The installation will proceed immediately after selecting the components. This button only appears if some components were marked as user-selectable on the Files page while building the installer.

Create Portable Installation appears instead of Select Components button if the application can be installed in a portable manner. It will install the software on a removable medium without making any changes to the host computer. This means that only files will be copied. No shortcut icons, file associations, etc. will be created. Portable installations do not require administrator privileges. Thus the Create Portable Installation button does not show a shield icon on Windows Vista and later, and will not result in a black screen security prompt.

Advanced Options Installation installs the application asking the user for the installation folder and which file types are allowed to be registered. The component selection which will show more detail, which is ideal for experienced computer users. This button can be removed via the Appearance page while building the installer.

Do Not Install terminates the setup straight away.