RAR Lab WinRAR 6.0.2
Author: Tim Mangan
Date: June 27, 2022

Repackaging tips and silent install information for RAR Lab WinRAR 6.0.2. This App Tip provides comprehensive details for conducting a silent installation of WinRAR. It includes additional insights, such as user environment specifics, extra installation parameters, and repackaging tips.

About

WinRAR is a trialware file archiver utility for Windows, developed by Eugene Roshal of win.rar GmbH. It can create and view archives in RAR or ZIP file formats, and unpack numerous archive file formats. WinRAR supports creating encrypted, multi-part and self-extracting archives. To enable the user to test the integrity of archives, WinRAR embeds CRC32 or BLAKE2 checksums for each file in each archive.

General Information

Vendor Information

RAR Lab

Application Name

WinRAR

Application Version

6.0.2

Download Link

https://www.rarlab.com/

License Needed

Yes but not for installation

Vendor Install

Installation Type

Setup.exe

Architecture

x86/x64

Description

Application Configuration/Settings

Registry

File

AD/GPO

AAD/GPO

User Environment Data

Registry

File

Other

Infrastructure Dependencies

Description

ODBC

Connection Name

Driver

Parameters

Setup.exe parameters

/s (lowercase) for silent installation

MSI Public Properties

Installation Commands

Silent Install Command

Silent Uninstall Command

Repackaging Score

MSI

Unknown

MSIX

Full Functional
See Repackaging Tips below

App-V

Unknown

ThinApp

Unknown

Citrix App Layer

Unknown

VMWare App Volumes

Unknown

Other

Unknown

Repackaging Tips

Registry-based pre-configuration is available.
Repackaging techniques that involve recapture will only support a single language. Some packaging forms allow for a script to be run on package installation or the first run of the application. In that case, adding additional language files in a side folder of the package could be used with a package script to detect the OS language and copy files appropriately.
The application installs into program files.
There are 4 shortcuts. The second is to a manual which is available from the menu in the program. The third is a "What's New" link. The fourth is a help link. Often these are removed.
There are lots of FTAs with shell extensions. There are both Context Menus and Drop Handlers. These are added to many zip like existing FTAs, new .rar* FTAs, and the special "*" FTA.
There are no protocol handlers, or services.
There is no auto-updater.

Packaging WinRAR for MSIX The software was packaged on Windows 10 21H2 using Microsoft MSIX Packaging Tool 1.2022.330 with or without PSF using TMEditX.
PsfLauncher is required if the additional shortcuts to the read me or what's new or manual are left in the package.
PsfLauncher and RegLegacyFixup are needed. There is an issue with being able to set and save some registry configurations. The FRF is not required if WinRAR is not used multilingually. If multiple languages are to be supported, the language files ".lng" must be redirected via FRF and the corresponding ".lng" files of the language must be copied into the FileRedirection path via Powershell Startup script. See Adrian's example of how to do this here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/msix/language-dependent-files-in-vfs/m-p/3548684
Missing LoaderSearchOrder and ExecutionAlias are added into the manifest.

Testing on Windows 10 indicates mostly works Support of the app. This is due to the missing Shell Context Menu which is pretty important to many users of this app.
Testing on Windows 11 indicates mostly works support of the app. Although the context menus look correctly formed in the manifest, they are not working. Additionally, the open with like FTA for the app is now missing.

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