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New Executable Nmap Installer for Windows
From: Fyodor <fyodor () insecure org>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2006 22:43:14 -0800


I think many potential Nmap users on the Windows platform are turned
off by the way Nmap is packaged as a .zip file that they must manually
install.  While installation of most Windows software is as easy as
executing Setup.exe, the Nmap Windows installation instructions span
multiple pages at
http://www.insecure.org/nmap/install/inst-windows.html and expect the
user to know their filesystem, change registry keys, install dependant
software, etc.

I would like to change this for Nmap 4.0, and accordingly have posted
an executable installer for 3.98BETA1 at:


Most of the work to create this was done by Google SoC student Bo
Jiang.  It handles pcap installation, registry modification, etc.

Please give it a try, and let me know if you find problems or have any

It was created with the open source NSIS system, and you can find the
installer files in:


So the best suggestions will include patches to the NSI file to fix
the issue, but please report problems even if you don't know how to
fix them.  The nmap-dev list is a good place to report such things.


PS:  I haven't heard many problems with 3.98BETA1.  Maybe that means
it is working great, or maybe few people have actually tried it.
Please give it a whirl when you get a chance and let me (or nmap-dev)
know if you encounter any issues.

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