Addons: What is the difference?

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Addons: What is the difference?

Post by Zoom7000 » Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:54 am

Can someone please explain what the difference is between the Addons? If I'm understanding correctly, an SVCPACK addon is an addon that is installed at T-13... I think. So, what exactly is a "True Addon"? And how would you integrate a True Addon using nLite for example? Also, how do INF files work in relation to addons?

Just a few questions to increase understandability. :)

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Post by yumeyao » Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:28 am

True Addon is making the program installed as a windows component. therefore, any execution of file copying, registry editing behave in the same way as that of windows components does.

Generally, True addon have an inf file which indicates how it is installed. then also an entries*.ini file to tell nlite/RVMi how to add this addon into windows install source, including modifing specfic files to remind windows installer to copy those files, and to distinguish the inf file as a component.

theoritically, any windows component can be removed and reinstalled later. but most addon builders doesn't support this function - if you don't want this program, why do you integrate it?
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Post by ENU_user » Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:48 am

a True Addon in use is referred to a slipstream (like) of new files on to the source just like a service pack or update pack will do for file replacement updates, but for a windows core component that is usually installed by default by the setup & on to the system, like IE7 AddOn , WMP11 AddOn .etc

it is also referred in global to addons using information files {installs} or (INF based installs) when its using the same install routines window uses through INF files, during the setup installs as in, windows! (gui mode)

for instance you could use one dedicated inf file to call another. in fact you will find such a file in the windows setup where this file lists all these information files that need to get installed ...

most addons which are "INF based" will use sysoc.inf to plug in to the setup.
sysoc.inf is also used by the add\remove windows components control panel applet, managing optional components ...

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