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Deploy Skype Without Shortcut and/or Automatic Startup

Purpose:

You wish to deploy Skype without creating a desktop shortcut and/or setting Skype to automatically start on logon.

Resolution:

Choose which, if any, embedded TRANSFORMS file(s) to apply to the package.

1. Prevent the creation of a Skype desktop shortcut (this is the package default):

TRANSFORMS=:RemoveDesktopShortcut.mst

2. Prevent Skype from starting at logon but create the desktop shortcut:

TRANSFORMS=:RemoveStartup.mst

3. Prevent both the creation of a desktop icon and prevent Skype from starting at logon:

TRANSFORMS=:RemoveDesktopShortcut.mst;:RemoveStartup.mst


4. To allow the creation of a desktop shortcut and to startup at logon, remove the default TRANSFORMS=:RemoveDesktopShortcut.mst parameter altogether.


NOTE:
because the transform files are embedded in the MSI, it’s necessary to call them with a leading colon ":". Since transform files are expressed as a semicolon-delimited list, you list multiple files according the TRANSFORMS=:transform1.mst;:transform2.mst. For more information on using multiple transform files, embedded in the MSI not, see the See Also links below.

See Also:

Using Multiple Transform files in PDQ Deploy

Install Office 365 2016 Skype for Business/Lync (and probably other Office 365 applications)

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