Sampling New Software with a "Scratch" Layer
If you already have a number of applications virtualized as SVS layers, testing new unknown packages can be a tedious task. Testing a new piece of software means that all other layers have to be deactivated. Is there an easier way around this?
Read on to learn more.
Yes, there is. Create an empty scratch layer - I've called mine "!Scratch" (the "!" just ensures it gets sorted to the top of the layer list in SVS Agent). Then create a new shortcut, and in the box where Windows asks you to enter the location, type the following:
svscmd !Scratch a exec -p
If you put this shortcut on your desktop you can drag-and-drop a program file onto it (e.g. the installer of aa application you want to test), and the program will be run within the !Scratch layer. Or you can put it in your SendTo directory, and run a program in the layer by right-clicking. Then when you've finished testing the program, you can delete it by resetting the !Scratch layer.
Thanks to Tim Perkins for the original idea for this - he posted a VBScript to do the same thing at http://www.symantec.com/connect/download/427/tims-... - it just seems quicker to create the shortcut than to download and unzip the script.
NB. This will not work for .msi installers. What I do with these is copy the .msi file into the writeable [COMMONDESKTOP] directory of the !Scratch layer, then activate it and run the installer from the desktop.