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Deploying TextExpander onto Windows

How to Deploy TextExpander onto Windows

The TextExpander for Windows installer (found here – contains MSI’s for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, as well as the VC redistributable which TextExpander depends on. 

To get these:

  1. Create a folder in the same directory as the TextExpander installer
  2. Open a command prompt
  3. cd to the folder in step 1.
  4. Run: TextExpanderSetup-x.y.z /layout NAMEOFFOLDER

You can then use the MSI’s in your deployment tool.

You should also be able to set up your deployment to run the appropriate redistributable (VC_redist.x64.exe or VC_redist.x86.exe) with the command line parameters “/install /passive /norestart”, which will install it in an unattended fashion.

Disabling Updates

It is also possible to disable update checking by adding a DWORD under one of the following registry keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Smile, Inc\TextExpander\AppCast
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Smile, Inc\TextExpander\AppCast

The DWORD needs to have the following attributes:
Name: enabled
Value: 0
After that, users will be unable to update their TextExpander applications.