Deploy Google Earth using Group Policy

Option 1 (with 7-ZIP)

  1. Go to Google Earth download website and click on "Customise your installation with advanced setup"
  2. Download latest version .exe file
  3. Extract .exe with 7-ZipPortable
  4. Copy following files and folders:
    LocalAppData
    program files
    1033.mst
    (English language)
    Google Earth.msi
    Setup.ini
  5. Open Google Earth.msi with MS Orca msi editor
  6. View > Summary Information > Languages - delete everything except 1033 (English)
  7. Save changes
  8. Deploy using GP as any other .msi packet.

Option 2 (Without 7-ZIP)

  1. Go to Google Earth download website and click on "Customise your installation with advanced setup"
  2. Download latest version .exe file
  3. Run .exe installation file (do not proceed with installation).
  4. .msi and other installation files will be extracted to "C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temp\7ZipSfx.000" (on Windows XP)
    To find exact location you can use Filemon with "*.msi" filter before running .exe
  5. Copy following files and folders:
    LocalAppData
    program files
    1033.mst
    (English language)
    Google Earth.msi
    Setup.ini
  6. Open Google Earth.msi with MS Orca msi editor
  7. View > Summary Information > Languages - delete everything except 1033 (English)
  8. Save changes
  9. Deploy using GP as any other .msi packet.

If in Step 1 for any reason you can't download advanced setup file (which is full Google Earth .exe):
Download standard "Google Updater".
When "Google Updater" runs it downloads Google Earth .exe file to "C:\Program Files\Google\Update\Download". Be aware that Google Updater may start installation automatically without any warnings.

Google Earth 5
Google Earth 6

Comments  

Dave
# Dave 2012-06-28 13:06
Nice article. very Helpful. In addition though people may wish to do some additional modifications to the msi to do things such as auto accept the EULA, supress the google toolbar. You can find that info here : mypchealth.co.uk/Blog/index.php?/archives/24-How-to-Deploy-Google-Earth-by-Group-Policy-GPO.html
Dennis
# Dennis 2011-10-29 10:52
Thanks for this tutorial. It works perfectly in my organization. Made a dutch translation/ada ptation on my blog.
Guest
# Guest 2010-07-14 10:05
Thank you! Option 1 works fine for me.

Choose 1301 for German Language.
Guest
# Guest 2010-05-30 19:47
Well done - is quite a challenge to find how to do this using Google, so thank you.
A question: why "Delete all mst and ini files" in instruction 4 of Option 1? I got this to work without deleting them - I was lazy and just left them. GP installed GE.msi perfectly.
Thanks again, Google should make process a bit easier, I think.

Newsletter

Subscribe to receive occasional updates on new posts.
Your email will not be used for any other purpose and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Please wait