I had a requirement of not installing a persistent version, for security reasons. Now, it isn't that hard to create a bookmark for your grandpa to click on to get to teamviewer.com, and then click on the link to join a remote control session, but what if we could make it simpler still, for the sake of our sanity? Wouldn't it be nice with a simple shortcut on the desktop that did all the work, without installing the persistent version? If they make auto-updates smooth, that'll work too, I guess. No UAC popups, she always cancels those. "WHAT DOES AN ORACLE WANT WITH MY COMPUTER, SOUNDS LIKE A FISHY CHARACTER, I GUESS I WON'T UPDATE THE BROWSER JAVA PLUGIN THAT WAS NEEDED FOR ONLINE BANKING FOR YEARS IN NORWAY" (we finally got rid of it). Sorry about the outburst. Ahem.
I also remembered that the URL used to be extremely memory-friendly and has been the same for years. I was happy to see that as of 2015-08-26 it is still the same (with geolocation and all sorts of jazz), so I pray it lasts for a few more years, and that they don't actively prevent this method depicted in this article for some reason (hey, you get that ad when the session closes, be happy with that - oh, and for you setting this up: instruct your uncle to close that without clicking/buying anything ;) ).To cut to the chase (btw, I hate car chases, they've been done to death, revived thousands of times and then killed again, but I'm weird), here's PowerShell version 2-compatible code for a script to download and launch the English-language TeamViewer executable, which means it will work for all you glorious Windows 7 users out there:
$Destination = "$Env:Temp\TeamViewerQS_en.exe"; $WebClient = New-Object -TypeName System.Net.WebClient; #$StreamsDestination = "$Env:Temp\streams-from-sysinternals.exe"; $WebClient.DownloadFile("http://download.teamviewer.com/download/TeamViewerQS_en.exe", $Destination); #$WebClient.DownloadFile('https://live.sysinternals.com/tools/streams.exe', $StreamsDestination); #& $StreamsDestination /accepteula -d $Destination; Start-Process -FilePath $Destination
The commented-out lines are for if you want to unblock the file as well (delete alternate NTFS stream data, such as the zone identifier). I found that I didn't need them on my test computer, so I commented them out, but left them in, in case someone else's mileage varies.
$Destination = "$Env:Temp\TeamViewerQS_en.exe"; Invoke-WebRequest -Uri "http://download.teamviewer.com/download/TeamViewerQS_en.exe" -OutFile $Destination; Unblock-File -Path $Destination; Start-Process $Destination
Download Invoke-TeamViewerNew.ps1.txt - right-click, download and save as .ps1.
But do you want your old aunt to have to '''right'''-click the shortcut on her desktop and choose "Run with PowerShell"?! That's way too tricky, so let's make a simple cmd batch file that we can make a DOUBLE-CLICK(!) shortcut to, that calls PowerShell to do the heavy lifting via the -EncodedCommand parameter (quotes in the code is tricky).First, I base64-encoded the content of the .ps1 file and saved it in "Invoke-TeamViewerBASE64.txt":
[Convert]::ToBase64String( [System.Text.Encoding]::Unicode.GetBytes((Get-Content .\Invoke-TeamViewer.ps1)) ) | sc -enc Ascii Invoke-TeamViewerBASE64.txt
powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NoProfile -EncodedCommand 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
The -EncodedCommand needs to be all on one line.*Download pre-made cmd/batch file Invoke-TeamViewer.txt - right-click, download and rename to .cmd (not .txt).
When you run that batch file, you should shortly after see this, or however they made it look in the future when this article is old:
Then you fire up the TeamViewer client on your end and do your work.Hope this is useful to someone... Be well if you're a good person, otherwise you can go acquire a toothache or something. Powershell Windows All Categories
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