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Compiled .ps1 script to EXE not working.

Postby bgleason » Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:38 am

Product, version and build: 4.2.99
32 or 64 bit version of product: 64bit
Operating system: Windows 8.1 Patched current
32 or 64 bit OS: 64bit

I have been working on a script and when I compile it, it appears to compile fine. It is adding an elevated Manifest regardless of what I select in the build settings.

I have tried with "Create an application without Manifest", "Embed a default Manifest", "Embed a default Manifest for elevation".

What I actually need is "Embed a default Manifest for elevation", but when I compile using that option or "Embed a default Manifest" I receive the following error message when trying to run the EXE.

It is a dialog box, first line is the pathto\exename.exe I ran followed by:
The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log or use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail.

When I investigate the application event log, there is an error entry stating:
Activation context generation failed for "C:\Users\<UserNAME>\Documents\SAPIEN\Files\<EXEName>.exe".Error in manifest or policy file "C:\Users\<UserName>\Documents\SAPIEN\Files\<EXEName>.exe" on line 2. Invalid Xml syntax.

I obfuscated the username and exe name above.

I have also tried to build a .config file and without a .config file with no difference...

And finally, I can build a running exe if I select, "Create an application without Manifest", but again it defaults to an Admin Manifest, and I am still trying to find out why without specifying.

and even though that EXE runs successfully, after it runs I receive the following dialog box:

This program might not have installed correctly

If this program didn't install correctly, you can try installing the program using compatibility settings.

<Selectable option>Install using compatibility settings
<Selectable option>This program installed correctly

I can provide the script and/or any exe upon any Sapien request...

Please help...


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Re: Compiled .ps1 script to EXE not working.

Postby Alexander Riedel » Mon Feb 08, 2016 10:33 am

Please see ... n-my-icon/
If you get the elevation prompt without manifest and the install prompt you probably use something like 'install' or 'setup' in your exe name.
Windows treats executables with these strings in their names like installers and elevates automatically.

The side by side error and invalid xml usually stems from something you use in your exe name or the version information.
Try to use simple names and terms and see if that helps.
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Re: Compiled .ps1 script to EXE not working.

Postby bgleason » Mon Feb 08, 2016 10:49 am

Thanks for the quick reply... Yeah I recall that "Install" being in the filename now from something else I worked on years ago, not PS related, but just how it prompted for creds or the like just from Install being in the name. Thanks for this reminder... Blah

And you were correct on the second piece as well... There was a valid special character in the name as far as NTFS sees it, but obviously PSStudio does not... Removed the special character and all is good...

I am working again and thanks!!!


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