How can I modify the installation or uninstall process for Freedom Scientific® software using command line options?

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How can I modify the installation or uninstall process for Freedom Scientific® software using command line options?

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This article pertains to JAWS®, Fusion®, ZoomText®, and JAWS® Inspect.

The setup package is a tool used to install or uninstall all or some components of Freedom Scientific software.  Command line options can direct how the setup process is performed.  These commands are not case sensitive.

The command line options listed here are current for the 2020 versions of JAWS, Fusion, ZoomText, and JAWS Inspect.  If you have a different version, use the /more and /morehelp command lines to view the command line options in that version.

To access and use the available command line options:

  1. Press WINDOWS Key+R.
  2. Select the Browse button.
  3. Navigate to the folder where the setup package is located, then navigate to the setup package file.
  4. Navigate to the file name edit box.
  5. Press END to place the cursor at the end of the file name, and then press the SPACEBAR.
  6. Type at least one of the command line options described in this article, and then press ENTER.

Note: Command line options are sometimes referred to as command line parameters, command line switches, or command line flags.

When using any of the following four command lines, the requested information is generated but no installation or process is executed.

Command Line Description
/help Displays a list of useful command line switches.  The installation will not be performed.
/MoreHelp Lists the 3-letter language codes and the predefined installation setup types, such as a silent install.  The installation will not be performed.
/ExtractSettings [Path-to- file] Outputs the contents of Settings.ini into the specified output file. The installation process is not performed. If the output file already exists, it is overwritten. If there are spaces in either the path or the file name, the path and name must be enclosed in quotes (for example: C:\Package.exe /ExtractSettings “C:\FS setup\OldSettings.ini”).
/ExtractAdditionalSettings [Path-to-file] Outputs an example of AdditionalSettings.ini into the specified output file. The installation process is not performed. If the output file already exists, it is overwritten. If there are spaces in either the path or the file name, the path and name must be enclosed in quotes (for example: C:\Package.exe /ExtractAdditionalSettings “C:\FS setup\AdditionalSettings.ini”).

 

When using multiple command line options, precede each command with one space.

Command Line Description
/ReplaceSettings [Path-to-file] Specifies an initialization file for the setup package engine to use instead of the Settings.ini file stored in the resources. This flag can be used if any of the contents in Settings.ini must be overridden. If there are spaces in either the path or the file name, the path and name must be enclosed in quotes (for example: C:\Package.exe /ReplaceSettings “C:\FS setup\NewSettings.ini”).
/Log [Path-to-file] By default, the log file called FS_Setup_Package.txt from the setup package process is created and stored in the same folder as the setup.exe file. However, this command line allows you to specify a different folder.
/Language Specifies a comma delimited list of the 3-letter language codes available to the product, in addition to the Operating System Language codes. These codes are used when performing a clean install or layout. During installation, the first product language specified will be used for shortcuts, default synthesizers, and default braille drivers. For an update or repair, the previously installed product language will be used and this option is ignored. To view supported language codes, use the /MoreHelp command.
/InstalledUILanguage Specifies the 3-letter language code of the user interface display language to use instead of the Operating System Language. To view supported language codes, run the /MoreHelp command.
/Layout [Path to file] Downloads the non-embedded installer files and creates a copy of the setup package in the folder specified. This allows a user to run the setup package and perform an installation or repair on an offline computer. To do this, the setup package and installer files must be in the same folder. For more information on creating an offline setup package using the /Layout command, go to: https://support.freedomscientific.com/Support/TechnicalSupport/Bulletin/1672
/ComponentRequested [Components] Specifies the comma delimited list of optional components to enable.
/Type Silent Silently installs a typical (default) installation of JAWS without displaying any installation dialog boxes or prompts.
/Type Repair Repairs a typical installation of JAWS. Once the repair begins, you cannot cancel the operation. During the repair, progress dialogs are displayed and a clicking tone is played. At the end, you are prompted to restart your computer.
/Type SilentRepair Silently repairs an existing installation without displaying any installation dialog boxes or prompts.
/Type Uninstall Uninstalls the Freedom Scientific software indicated by the setup package file.
/Type SilentUninstall Silently uninstalls the Freedom Scientific software without removing shared components.
/Type SilentShareUninstall Silently uninstalls the Freedom Scientific software including shared components.

 

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