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Application packages

Created: 16 Mar 2011 • Updated: 21 Mar 2011 | 1 comment
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Okay. So I created the software application packages and ran one successfully. Now, how can I get the application to show up in the add remove programs, so admins or Tier 1 techs can uninstall the software locally if need be?

Also, can I create sofware application packages that UNINSTALL software only? And can I have it uninstall in the back ground?

Just starting out with SMP and learing the ins and outs. Bear with me. Thanks!!!

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mclemson's picture

If a program would normally appear in Add/Remove Programs when installed, then it will appear in Add/Remove Programs when distributed through Altiris.  It's possible that the installation method didn't provide for this.   Windows looks at the registry for this data, in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

When you create a Software Resource, such as a Software Release, you can specify different command lines.  I always specify Install - no UI and Uninstall - no UI for all packages, and supply others as needed.  I suppose you could add only an Uninstall command line, such as if you didn't want them to have the ability to install the program, but only to remove it.

A background uninstall would use a command like msiexec.exe /x {GUID of program listed in the registry path above} /QN

A great resource for application packaging is  It's a little hard to search, in my opinion, but the information is valuable.

Does this help?


Mike Clemson, Senior Systems Engineer, ASC
Intuitive Technology Group -- Symantec Platinum Partner