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Panels for Creating and Editing Transform Files

Getting there

Use the following panels to create and edit transform files.

Navigation pane



Welcome to the Attachmate Customization Tool

Provides a description of the tool and how to use it.

Install location and organization name

Specify the default installation folder on the user's computer

Specifies the installation folder and the value for the MSI standard COMPANYNAME property.


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Default installation folder

Specifies where to install the product files. (Install location changes are disabled if the primary product installer does not support changing the install location.)

Note: List items that refer to folders (for example, [ProgramMenuFolder]) are pre-defined folder keywords. You can create customized directories by adding new folder names with typical directory syntax (such as, [ProgramFilesFolder]\My Folder). Alternatively, you can enter a fully qualified path (for example, C:\Program Files\My Folder), as long as that location is known to exist on the target machine.


Organization name

Specifies the MSI standard COMPANYNAME value.

Licensing and session metering

Accept license agreement and define session metering options for installation

To configure a transform, you must accept the product license on behalf of your users.


Volume Purchase Agreement

For some products you can enter a Volume Purchase Agreement (VPA) number.

Note: The purpose of VPA numbers, which are issued by Attachmate, is to allow customer support to expedite service requests.


Session Metering

Enables metering at install time and sets the host URL for the metering software. This enables an administrator to monitor use and ensure licensing compliance.

To use metering, you will need a metering server, which is available as part of several Attachmate products.When the customized package is installed at the workstation, metering information is placed in the workstation registries, and the workstations are configured to report to the metering server.

Note: Metering options can also be configured with Group Policy installation. Group Policy settings take precedence over installed settings.


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Require Metering

Requires Reflection to connect to the metering server before it runs. If it cannot connect, it doesn't run. If this option is cleared and Reflection is launched when the server is unavailable, Reflection runs, but the session is not metered and license limits are not enforced.


Metering URL

Specifies the URL of the Metering Server.

User interface

Choose User Interface options for Installation

If the transform is used along with setup.exe, you can also specify the user interface level for the Attachmate Installation Program GUI during the install. These settings are available when Use this customization with interactive installs using setup.exe is selected.


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Displays no interface.



Displays only a progress bar.



Displays the full Attachmate Installation Program interface.


No cancel

Sets up the install so that it cannot be cancelled after it begins.

Remove previous installations

Specify earlier versions of this product to remove

When selected, previous installations are upgraded (replaced) by the primary product. Installations that are not selected are not removed when you install the product.

Note: This feature is not available with all products.

Add installations and run programs

Add, modify or remove additional product installations and run programs

Specifies MSI packages to install and/or additional programs to run before or after the primary install. You can also specify a companion package generated by this tool.


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Opens the Add/Modify Program Entry dialog box from which you can add programs along with their command line arguments.



Opens the Add/Modify Program Entry dialog box from which you can modify the selected item.



Removes a selected program from the table. (Active only when a program is selected in the table.)


Move arrows

Moves programs up or down in the action sequence.

Modify setup properties

Set properties for Setup to apply during the installation

Defines public Windows Installer properties.


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Opens the Add/Modify Property Value dialog box from which you can define or redefine public properties. You can modify properties in the installer database or create your own.

Caution: Do not overwrite existing properties unless you fully understand how the changes affect your install. Setting properties to incorrect values can break the install.



Opens the Add/Modify Property Value dialog box from which you can change the values for the selected property. (This setting is active only when a property is selected in the table.)



Removes a selected property from the table. (This option is active only when a program is selected in the table.)

Set feature installation states

For each feature, click to select the installation state

Specifies feature installation states using the standard MSI feature options.

Configure shortcuts

Modify or remove existing shortcuts for this product

Specifies the details for shortcuts associated with added files.

Note: Clearing a Shortcut Name check box only blocks the installation of the shortcut. The shortcut remains and can be enabled by editing the transform.


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Opens the Modify Shortcut dialog box from which you can change the location, name, tooltips, arguments, and initial window size of the program for which the shortcut is configured.

Add registry data

Specify registry data to add to the user's computer during installation

Specify registry keys and values to add or modify during the installation process. By modifying registry values, you can change the way the application operates (for example, for certain Attachmate applications, you can add a value that specifies to never save settings on exit).



  • The Windows Registry Database stores a hierarchical set of keys that determine how your machine operates. These keys hold values that contain the data or binary code necessary to perform specific functions.
  • Caution! Do not modify registry keys unless you understand the implications of any changes you are making. Improper registry modification can cause serious problems on the user's workstation.



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Opens the Add/Modify Registry Data dialog box, from which you can add a registry key.



Opens the Add/Modify Registry Data dialog box, from which you can modify the registry data for the selected key.



Deletes the selected key.

Modify application Settings

Use this pane to modify settings that affect the product you are installing. Modifications you make here affect all users of the computer on which the product is installed. The features available on this pane (if any) depend on which product you are installing.