here is the answer:

Amarandei Rares
Wed, 03 Feb 2010 07:01:27 -0800

Tom Serface wrote:

I think you will find that a better long term solution anyway.

I think you will find that a better long term solution anyway. I hope it
works out for you.


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On Tuesday, June 19, 2007 3:06 PM
Ro wrote:

Wizard property sheet questions
I'm implementing a bootstrap program (setup.exe) for a new installer that
we're creating. Because of our requirements, we need to handle installation
of the program suite's prerequisites prior to launching the actual installer,
so we've come up with the idea of implementing some of the UI in the
bootstrap program.

What we need is to be able to implement a wizard-style property sheet
without the welcome or completion pages. (Because we're using C++/MFC 8,
we're implementing a mini-installer that would install the C++/MFC DLLs, if
necessary, before launching the bootstrap program, so that will contain the
Welcome and licence pages of the UI. That must appear to flow seamlessly into
the UI in the bootstrap program, which must appear to flow seamlessly into
the UI that is implemented in the main installer. Hence, no welcome or
completion pages in the wizard that we're implementing in the bootstrap.)

Most of the pages in the wizard will deal with installation of one of the
program suite's prerequisites, so if that is already installed, then we want
to skip that page. When the user clicks the 'Next' button in the last page
that will be shown, the wizard should close after the task for that page
(usually launching an installer for one of the prerequisites for our program
suite) is done. (I also need to be able to disable the Back button on most
pages and hide the Help button on all pages, but I've found info on how to do
that in another article.)

On Tuesday, June 19, 2007 3:16 PM
Pete Delgado wrote:

Re: Wizard property sheet questions
"Rob" <> wrote in message

Microsoft has made the VS boostrap utility available for use. See:

This may or may not fulfil your requirements or a portion of them.

So what exactly is your question? You've given requirements, but have not
really asked a question!


On Tuesday, June 19, 2007 4:00 PM
Ro wrote:

Re: Wizard property sheet questions
"Pete Delgado" wrote:
This fulfills some of my requirements. Because our installer is for a suite
of programs, the required prerequisites depend on what the user wants to
install, so one of the wizard pages is the feature selection dialogue for the
suite. Also, we would prefer not to have to ask the user which prerequisites
to install, but rather, have them installed automatically based on which ones
are needed for the part(s) of the suite that are to be installed. Further,
one of the prerequisites for most parts of the suite is that a security key
is attached to the computer. We want the bootstrap to be able to check for
that after it checks that its driver is installed. Would that be possible to
implement? Would I be able to implement the first few pages (i.e., welcome
page, license page and feature selection page) of my install wizard in the
bootstrap using this utility? (If so, then my property sheet questions
probably become moot. If not, then I'll need to know how to determine when a
prerequisite's install needs a reboot without actually letting that install
do the reboot in case more than one prerequisite needs a reboot.)

My question is, how do I do the things that I want to do in the property
sheet (i.e., don't show the welcome page, make the 'Next' button on the last
page act like a Finish button, etc.)?

I'm guessing that the Back button disabled automatically if all pages before
the current one are removed. Correct?

On Tuesday, June 19, 2007 5:27 PM
Pete Delgado wrote:

Re: Wizard property sheet questions
"Rob" <> wrote in message

It may be possible, but it depends upon the driver that you intend to
install. In addition, if your product is intended to run on Windows Vista
you should ensure that you insert a manifest that indicates that the
executable must run underneath administrative credentials in order to allow
you to install and query your driver.

Here is some information that may help you to determine if your driver will
require a reboot of Windows:

I have not used the utility because the products for which I write the
application installers require third-party software that doesn't play well
with the Visual Studio utility and give a poor user experience.
Consequently, I don't know of the full capabilities of the utility, only
that it exists and what I read in the article when it was published.

If your prerequisites are packaged as MSI files, then the logic within the
MSI file will determine whether a reboot is needed. You can use
MsiSetExternalUI and trap the messages to determine the requirements of the
software at run-time and control the installation of the package with your

To not show a welcome page, just don't create one! In order to create a
Welcome or Finish page (using the Wizard 97 spec) you have to add the
following to the CPropertyPage constructor:

CWelcomePage::CWelcomePage(): CPropertyPage(CWelcomePage::IDD,
m_psp.dwFlags |= PSP_HIDEHEADER;

What the above code does is simply create what is known as an "exterior
page". If you do not change the flags of the property page, then the page
automatically becomes an "interior page".

To set the "Finish" button you should do the following in your OnSetActive
handler for the final CPropertyPage:

CPropertySheet* pSheet = (CPropertySheet*)GetParent();
ASSERT_KINDOF(CPropertySheet, pSheet);
pSheet->SetFinishText (_T("Finish"));

Please note that in order to allow for localization you should be loading a
resource string for the text of your finish button.

To enable or disable specific buttons use SetWizardButtons from the
OnSetActive handler in each CPropertyPage:

Example: (Enables the Next button only):

CPropertySheet* pSheet = (CPropertySheet*)GetParent();
ASSERT_KINDOF(CPropertySheet, pSheet);

Example: (Enables the Next and Back buttons):

CPropertySheet* pSheet = (CPropertySheet*)GetParent();
ASSERT_KINDOF(CPropertySheet, pSheet);
pSheet->SetWizardButtons( PSWIZB_BACK | PSWIZB_NEXT );

No. It is not automatically disabled. It just doesn't do anything when


On Tuesday, June 19, 2007 10:11 PM
Ro wrote:

One of our prerequisites is SQL Server Express, which is packaged as an
One of our prerequisites is SQL Server Express, which is packaged as an

On Tuesday, June 19, 2007 11:15 PM
Pete Delgado wrote:

Re: Wizard property sheet questions
Run the executable on a clean system. You will find that it is simply a
self-extracting archive that houses the MSI files.


On Wednesday, June 20, 2007 1:29 AM
Pete Delgado wrote:

Re: Wizard property sheet questions

The above article may help you...


On Monday, June 25, 2007 6:16 PM
Ro wrote:

Is there any way to show the Finish button and hide only the Next button?
Is there any way to show the Finish button and hide only the Next button? I
want to leave the Back button showing, but CPropertySheet::SetFinishText()
hides the Back button as well as the Next button.

Also, how do I get access to the 'Next' button so that I can get its text?
(My wizard, implemented in the bootstrap program of an installer, is supposed
to be the first few pages of the installer wizard. The install that gets
launched after the last page of the portion in code is meant to carry on the
wizard where the bootstrap left off, so it would make sense for the text on
the 'Finish' button to be the same as on the 'Next' button to keep the
illusion intact.)

On Tuesday, June 26, 2007 11:20 AM
Tom Serface wrote:

Re: Wizard property sheet questions
Hi Rob,

You could just call:

 pSheet->SetWizardButtons( PSWIZB_BACK | PSWIZB_FINISH );

if you don't need to actually change the text.

You could try calling GetDlgItem(ID_WIZNEXT) to get the window for the Next
button. Then you could get or set the text on the button.


"Rob" <> wrote in message

On Tuesday, June 26, 2007 1:14 PM
Ro wrote:

Re: Wizard property sheet questions
"Tom Serface" wrote:

The problem is that, with the last page not having a Finish button, the
wizard doesn't exit the way it should. (In fact, it doesn't exit at all
unless the user clicks Cancel.) What would be helpful is to have a way for
the last Next button to behave as though it's the Finish button. With the
info that you gave, I guess it's possible to just hide the Next button, show
the Finish button and copy the text from the former to the latter. No big
deal, though. Concerns regarding look and feel consistency between the wizard
in the bootstrap program and the one in the main install have forced us to
rethink things and go with a wizard that has the exterior pages in the
bootstrap, so we're not going to be doing the crazy stuff any more.

On Tuesday, June 26, 2007 5:19 PM
Tom Serface wrote:

I think you will find that a better long term solution anyway.
I think you will find that a better long term solution anyway. I hope it
works out for you.


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