Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Packaging Skype with Auto Update disabled

EDITED: I have edited this post on 30-Aug-2013 after some users comments that the given solution is not working. I have studied in depth the skype update process and created this solution for all. Please check below (Edited Section) for more information.

Recently while packaging Skype for enterprise version, I could not disable the Auto Updates and finally found a way to get rid of it.

You can get the latest version of Skype setup in MSI format from the following URL: or

There is no registry, file which can disable the Auto Update functionality of Skype. I searched in lots of forums and all said that it automatically prompts for update. So finally I decided to look in the MSI and find why and how it is doing it.

What I found was that Skype has an Updater.exe in the installation folder and it also creates a Skype Update service which points to this exe.
I just removed this service and updater.exe file from the skype msi package and it worked.
No need to do anything else. Just do this small part and you are done with removing the Auto Update in Skype.

I have been asked and told by a lot of users that this is not working so I am adding a further solution which will definitely work without a doubt. I have mass deployed this and it has worked fine. For all the users who were getting the pop ups, this has fixed it.

You need to create a dummy SetupSkype.exe file and a Skypefix.vbs as below and add it to your INSTALLDIR (C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\) of the package.

dim filesys, oShell
Set filesys = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set oShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

des1 = oShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings ("%Temp%")
sup = oShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings ("%ProgramFiles%")
windir = oShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings ("%Windir%")

destfile1= des1 & "\SkypeSetup.exe"
sourcefile1= sup & "\Skype\Phone\SkypeSetup.exe"

'Copy files

If filesys.FileExists(sourcefile1) Then

 a= filesys.CopyFile (sourcefile1, destfile1,True)

End If

oShell.Run windir & "\System32\Icacls.exe " & destfile1 & " /deny Everyone:D"


After this you need to create an Active Setup registry key which will run this vbs file for every user who logs off and logs in. After this there will be no upgrade issue.

This script works on the fact that SkypeSetup.exe gets downloaded from internet to %temp% folder of user and when it is downloaded, it starts prompting up for upgrade. I have created this file before hand in %temp% folder or replace the already existing one with this dummy file and then put a deny restriction to all the users on this file. So now a file cannot be downloaded to %temp% folder because there is already a file which cannot be deleted/replaced. Hence no more upgrade prompts.
I have created this solution by deeper understanding of Skype setup and upgrade.

Hope this tip will be helpful to you and let me know if it still does not work.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

How to clear App-V Cache

This has become my favorite site today because one of the issue which I was facing in App-V while testing was because the App-V cache was not getting cleared.
I used one of the method used here and it worked for me.
I want to share this link with all and want to bookmark it for myself for future reference.

In Summary, these are a few good options to start with:

First, get a list of all AppV applications:
sftmime query obj:app /short
Remove all applications from the cache:
sftmime.exe remove obj:app /global /complete
Remove a specific application from the cache:
sftmime.exe remove app:”applicationName” /complete

Hope your issues are solved with this as well.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

App-V with Java/JRE/JDK

It is very critical to understand how to handle installation of Java related applications in App-V environment.
While some are of the view that the application should be installed along with Java in the same bubble while some say that the Java version installed on the base machine can be used.

Here is how you can do both of these in a proper way:

1) Java installed locally on the machine: If Java is locally installed on the machine and you capture the App-V application, then you will see a hard coded entry in the registry. This basically points the App-V application to look for Java in this local machine location. If you upgrade your Java version from say 1.6.21 to 1.6.24, then you do not need to worry, however, if you do a major upgrade from 1.6.21 to 1.7.xx then you need to upgrade your App-V Application as well. You need to maintain the software library for all these applications and then upgrade them as part of Java Upgrade in the organization.

2) Java is installed as local copy inside App-V bubble: Java can also be installed as a local copy with your App-V application. There can be various reasons for doing this:
 a) Application is compatible only with a certain version of Java
 b) Application uses a higher version which is not locally installed.
 c) If Software manager do not want to upgrade the application every time Java gets updated.

In these cases a private copy of Java can be captured with App-V. However, there is a procedure for achieving this.
These steps will be helpful in doing this:

Monday, February 25, 2013

Detection Method for MSU in Applications for SCCM 2012

In SCCM 2012 Applications you can have a detection method set for MSU with KB numbers.

You can use the Powershell or VBScript to do this. Here is an example of both.

Powershell Script:

get-hotfix | Where-Object {$_.HotFixID -match "KB981603"}


'Returns info if Windows 'KB981603'  in installed
' ----------------------------------------------------------'
Option Explicit

Dim objWMIService, strComputer
strComputer = "."

'Run the query
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
    & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" _
    & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Dim QFEs
Set QFEs = objWMIService.ExecQuery ("Select * from win32_QuickFixEngineering where HotFixID like 'KB981603'")
For Each QFE in QFEs
    Wscript.echo "Update KB981603 was installed by " & QFE.InstalledBy & " on " & QFE.InstalledOn

Thursday, February 14, 2013

VBScript to Delete Registrly key and all subkeys

This script has worked good for me and I would like to share with all.

Option Explicit

    Dim intHive
    Dim strComputer
    Dim strKeyPath, objRegistry

    Const HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT        = &H80000000
    Const HKEY_CURRENT_USER    = &H80000001
    Const HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE    = &H80000002
    Const HKEY_USERS        = &H80000003
    Const HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG    = &H80000005

    'On Error Resume Next

    strComputer            = "."
    intHive                = HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    strKeyPath            = "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ABC\XYZ"

    Set objRegistry        = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\default:StdRegProv")

    DelSubkeys intHive, strKeypath

    Set objRegistry        = Nothing

    Sub DelSubkeys(ByVal intRegistryHive, ByVal strRegistryKey)
        Dim arrSubkeys

        objRegistry.EnumKey intRegistryHive, strRegistryKey, arrSubkeys
        If IsArray(arrSubkeys) Then
            For Each strSubkey In arrSubkeys
                DelSubkeys intRegistryHive, strRegistryKey & "\" & strSubkey
        End If

        objRegistry.DeleteKey intRegistryHive, strRegistryKey
    End Sub

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

VBScript to Delete Folder and all SubFolders with files

Here is the VBScript which will delete all Folders and Subfolders with even have files in it.
It took me so many hours to find this perfect script and all credits go to Rob van der Woude and the original script is here:
I just want to keep this for my reference and for everyone so that we all can save some time.

Option Explicit

Dim objFSO, objTempFolder, strTempFolder


Set objFSO        = CreateObject( "Scripting.FileSystemObject" )
Set objTempFolder = objFSO.GetSpecialFolder( TEMP_FOLDER )
strTempFolder     = objTempFolder.Path

DelTree strTempFolder, True

Sub DelTree( myFolder, blnKeepRoot )
' With this subroutine you can delete folders and their content,
' including subfolders.
' You can specify if you only want to empty the folder, and thus
' keep the folder itself, or to delete the folder itself as well.
' Root directories and some (not all) vital system folders are
' protected: if you try to delete them you'll get a message that
' deleting these folders is not allowed.
' Arguments:
' myFolder     [string]   the folder to be emptied or deleted
' blnKeepRoot  [boolean]  if True, the folder is emptied only,
'                         otherwise it will be deleted itself too
' Written by Rob van der Woude
    Dim arrSpecialFolders(3)
    Dim objMyFSO, objMyFile, objMyFolder, objMyShell
    Dim objPrgFolder, objPrgFolderItem, objSubFolder, wshMyShell
    Dim strPath, strSpecialFolder

    Const WINDOWS_FOLDER =  0
    Const SYSTEM_FOLDER  =  1
    Const PROGRAM_FILES  = 38

    ' Use custom error handling
    On Error Resume Next

    ' List the paths of system folders that should NOT be deleted
    Set wshMyShell       = CreateObject( "WScript.Shell" )
    Set objMyFSO         = CreateObject( "Scripting.FileSystemObject" )
    Set objMyShell       = CreateObject( "Shell.Application" )
    Set objPrgFolder     = objMyShell.Namespace( PROGRAM_FILES )
    Set objPrgFolderItem = objPrgFolder.Self

    arrSpecialFolders(0) = wshMyShell.SpecialFolders( "MyDocuments" )
    arrSpecialFolders(1) = objPrgFolderItem.Path
    arrSpecialFolders(2) = objMyFSO.GetSpecialFolder( SYSTEM_FOLDER  ).Path
    arrSpecialFolders(3) = objMyFSO.GetSpecialFolder( WINDOWS_FOLDER ).Path

    Set objPrgFolderItem = Nothing
    Set objPrgFolder     = Nothing
    Set objMyShell       = Nothing
    Set wshMyShell       = Nothing

    ' Check if a valid folder was specified
    If Not objMyFSO.FolderExists( myFolder ) Then
        WScript.Echo "Error: path not found (" & myFolder & ")"
        WScript.Quit 1
    End If
    Set objMyFolder = objMyFSO.GetFolder( myFolder )

    ' Protect vital system folders and root directories from being deleted
    For Each strSpecialFolder In arrSpecialFolders
        If UCase( strSpecialFolder ) = UCase( objMyFolder.Path ) Then
            WScript.Echo "Error: deleting """ _
                       & objMyFolder.Path & """ is not allowed"
            WScript.Quit 1
        End If

    ' Protect root directories from being deleted
    If Len( objMyFolder.Path ) < 4 Then
        WScript.Echo "Error: deleting root directories is not allowed"
        WScript.Quit 1
    End If

    ' First delete the files in the directory specified
    For Each objMyFile In objMyFolder.Files
        strPath = objMyFile.Path
        objMyFSO.DeleteFile strPath, True
        If Err Then
            WScript.Echo "Error # " & Err.Number & vbCrLf _
                       & Err.Description         & vbCrLf _
                       & "(" & strPath & ")"     & vbCrLf
        End If

    ' Next recurse through the subfolders
    For Each objSubFolder In objMyFolder.SubFolders
        DelTree objSubFolder, False

    ' Finally, remove the "root" directory unless it should be preserved
    If Not blnKeepRoot Then
        strPath = objMyFolder.Path
        objMyFSO.DeleteFolder strPath, True
        If Err Then
            WScript.Echo "Error # " & Err.Number & vbCrLf _
                       & Err.Description         & vbCrLf _
                       & "(" & strPath & ")"     & vbCrLf
        End If
    End If

    ' Cleaning up the mess
    On Error Goto 0
    Set objMyFolder = Nothing
    Set objMyFSO    = Nothing
End Sub