Easy IE installer script
Ivan Leo Murray-Smith
puoti at inwind.it
Wed Dec 24 17:51:48 CST 2003
> I have an Idea
> What is the version of VC++ you have?
> What if you write and compile let's say, a small app that uses MFC and
> IE, using the VC++ tool-chain. Than you are a legal distributer of M$
> software, end of problem. Do you want that I send you a small windows
> app that uses MFC and embeds an IE control that displays an embedded
> HTML page. This could be the final step in the installation where you
> actually test the installation. It can be a nice HTML with links to the
> site and other nice links like winehq.org
> About a windows only platforms. They had such an illegal clause in VC6
> but they fixed it fast in SP3 and up. If you have VC6 than the SP5 is
> free (I think).
I've never heard of a license fee for a SP, so it should be free. This sound at
last like a reasnoble solution, even if it could be kept M$ free by using the
users windows CD.
> By the way, I'll check it later, but I think that if you use IE in your
> application than you are allowed to also distribute the IE setup,
> provided that you use the original M$ setup where the user presses on
> the Agree to the M$ EULA
You would need a redistributable, but it isn't on the M$ download site, so I'm
not sure it exists. This is really not an issue, as the user can download it
from M$. You could use the example of the NTFS captive driver, just ask the user
if he has a windows license, if he answers yes, download the setup from the M$
web site, and if the user doesn't have a license it's his problem. Also M$ can't
claim the download is illegal, as they host it.
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