Installers – FEAD Optimizer, Netopsystems – Command Line


FEAD Optimizer is an installer system that is used to compress installation files into a compact redistributable file.

Command line switches – FEAD Optimizer

  • -nos_ne      No execution – Extracts the installation files from the Setup utility but does not execute the Setup utility or delete the setup files.
  • nos_nd     No delete – Does not remove the setup files after executing the Setup utility. If the -nos_ne switch is also present, the -nos_nd switch is overridden.
  • -nos_d        Delete – Removes the setup files after executing the Setup utility. If the -nos_ne switch is also present, the -nos_d switch is overridden.
  • -nos_s         Silent mode – Installs the setup files in silent mode. Installs automatically when using: /s, /S, -s, -S, /q, /Q, -q, -Q.
  • -nos_o”<path>”     Output folder – The folder to which you want to extract the setup files.

Examples:
Running the executable with the following command line switches will extract the files from the FEAD archive to a location of your choosing and not execute the setup file.
In this example, the installation files will be extracted to C:\WorkingFolder.
          program.exe -nos_ne -nos_o”C:\WorkingFolder”

It is also possible to send parameters to the setup MSI file inside the FEAD archive, for example this command would change the default installation path of an MSI installer.
          program.exe -nos_d INSTALLDIR=”C:\Program Files\Install Here”

To run an automated silent install of a contained MSI file use this command
          program.exe -nos_d /qb

The command line options work for both version 1 and 2 of the FEAD system 

Notes
Much of the information for this article was excerpted from:
http://www.schooltechnician.co.uk/knowledge_base/general/netopsystems_-_fead_optimizer_-_command_line.html

Download the FEAD Extractor Tool as an optional method to using command line parameters. 
http://www.schooltechnician.co.uk/knowledge_base/general/fead_optimizer_extract_tool.html

Universal Extractor is a program to extract files from any type of archive, a zip file, an installation program, or a Windows Installer (.msi) package.
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Compression-tools/Universal-Extractor.shtml

Common Applications that use the FEAD Optimizer format are;
          Adobe Reader
          McAfee VirusScan 8.0i

Netopsystems – FEAD Optimizer, Nosso, NOSLtd, Nos Installer

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