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Install testing automation tools for desktop applications
I am new to install testing and is asked to test a complex desktop application which has several settings to configure for installing.
I am looking for some simple automation tool which has low maintenance cost, doesn't require to do lots of verification after installing (those verification will be done manually).
So, need a simple tool which can take in several combination of input params and start the installation automatically....
Please help me to route to any other place where i can get more info on install testing related discussions
That depends on how your product is being installed
If you don't need to test the installer's UI, it's very common practice to have a '-q' (quiet) flag where you can pass in what the user would select as part of the install process as command line parameters. Then do the verification through shell scripts.
maybe, you can have a try a HP tools, called 'Client Automation'.
Correct, depending on the installer itself there should be a 'silent' install switch that can be used to drive the process. I know with InstallShield at one time they had a record/replay switch that was used for silent installs.
And there used to be a tool out on CNET.com (old ZDNet/PCMag) called InCtrl5 that would do before & after images of a disk. You could also have it compare images to show the diffs. I used it years ago for Installation testing work I was doing. It worked great, did file diffs (old/new files and contents) and registry changes.
I found an entry about how to run it on Win7, it states "run InCtrl5 in XP SP 2 mode".
I found via Google a couple of other references for tools called "Total Uninstall" and "Sandboxie"
Last edited by jimhazen; 07-28-2013 at 11:29 AM.