Flexnet software updates

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This is a script to uninstall "FlexNet Software Updates" or "Macrovision Software Updates" which comes with some DELL computers and various vendor software.

See http://www.flexerasoftware.com/products/flexnet-connect.htm for details

Unfortunately this tool is not removable from "Add/remove program" but Flexera/Installshield distribute an uninstaller file here

If you need to reinstall later you can download the update manager from here

Please note than this wpkg installer is a bit tricky because he did not install but remove a program with the <install> tag. In my case I have created a few uninstaller like this one, mostly to get rid of unwanted software like browser bars or old software installed before my use of WPKG.

This package do not have any <remove> tags, if you want to remove it later as a package from the clients you have to use the zombie package feature of WPKG :

  • Remove the package from the profile
  • and remove the package file from the server

The package file

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!-- Uninstall Macrovision & FlexNet Software Updates -->

      <package id="uninstall_flexnet_software_updates" name="Uninstall FlexNet Software Updates" revision="%PKG_VERSION%" reboot="false" priority="50">
      <variable name="PKG_VERSION" value="1" />
      <check type='logical' condition='not' >
          <check type="file" condition="exists" path="%PROGRAMFILES%\Fichiers communs\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe" />

      <!-- remove the service and the control panel -->
      <install cmd='"%SOFTWARE%\installshield\SoftwareManagerUninstall.exe" /s /f1"%SOFTWARE%\installshield\setup.iss" /f2x' />
      <!-- delete the folder -->
      <install cmd='%COMSPEC% /C if exist "%PROGRAMFILES%\Fichiers communs\InstallShield\UpdateService\" rmdir /S /Q "%PROGRAMFILES%\Fichiers communs\InstallShield\UpdateService\"' />

This package use a setup.iss file generated by the InstallShield /r option. This file is used by the silent install (/s option) and set with the /f1 option. /f2x option is used with a "x"to say that we do not want a log file.

Basicaly the setup.iss file say "Yes" to uninstall.

The setup.iss file

[InstallShield Silent]
File=Response File
[File Transfer]