Launcher Updated for Windows 8 & 8.1

I know how incredibly important it is to develop a standardised interface for running all applications.  For over a decade I've worked in blue chip organisations that have tried to maintain control over complex software environments.  The industry is far worse now than ever before in maintaining an understanding of what constitutes a "package" and what "packages" exist.

For a long time, standard Install.vbs and Install.cmd files were in vogue for large organisations.  These scripts were important for ensuring that MSI installers never attempted upgrades and ALWAYS ran on a clean machine.  The standardised scripts also produced standard logs and signature files on target workstations.  Scripts are difficult to audit - that's why I originally switched from install scripts to a compiled launcher with a separate XML configuration file.

Windows 8 has required new changes to the launcher and my first cut of the 1.04 version is now available from the download page.

Included in this release are:

* Internal variables updated to report Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

* Default template altered to provide for APPID (for promoting Windows 8 Start Tiles).

* SCCM 2012 support added for automatically adding SOURCELIST entries to SCCM distribution points.

* Uses a "Press any Key" after help screens to accommodate UAC behaviour with Windows 8 & Windows 8.1