#95 Installer Finish page hidden by fullscreen Win 7

pythonwin (20)

Having a few issues with pywin32 217 for python 2.7.2

Downloading and launching your installer from an NSI installer (as prerequisites for a python based app) as noted here [url=http://forums.bethsoft.com/topic/1378796-rel-wrye-bash/page__view__findpost__p__20884125]Wrye Bash development topic[/url]

Noticed by a few users on Win 7 around the various modding bazaars, when Pywin32 finishes installing, the finish page does not pop to front, leaving the user with a blank fullscreen blue Pywin32 background. [url=http://www.bild.me/bild.php?file=5033847Untitled2.jpg]screenshot[/url]

Click once with the mouse and the installer dialogue will pop to front in focus presenting the user with a finish button to complete the installation.

If window focus is un-achievable - Would it be possible to suppress fullscreen on the installer ?, or better still have an MSI instead of EXE


  • Mark Hammond

    Mark Hammond - 2012-06-05

    Not sure what an NSI installer is.

    Re the full-screen thing, I'm afraid this is a problem with bdist_wininst in distutils - part of Python itself - it needs to be fixed there. No .msi as bdist_msi doesn't have post-install scripts.

    It sounds like you are "bundling" Python with your app via individual setup apps - my advice is simply "don't do that" :) People could uninstall various parts and break you - things are generally out of your control. You should create a build process that gets the bits into a self-contained directory you then install as a unit. But either way, you could open the full-screen bug in the python.org tracker (add @mhammond to the nosy list if you do) - the .msi bug already exists.

  • Mark Hammond

    Mark Hammond - 2012-06-05
    • status: open --> closed-invalid
  • Mark Hammond

    Mark Hammond - 2012-06-05

    I meant to say - for most use-cases, just copying the pywin32 files is all you need. The installation .exe is actually a zip file - most zip tools will show you the installed files (and even more will if you rename the .exe to .zip!)


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