Real Alternative 2.0.2 MSI Installer

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A new version of Real Alternative is available, version 2.0.2. Here is the new MSI file for deployment. If you want the normal Real Alternative package it can be found at Codec Guide. The previous version was 2.0.1.

MSI Installer Downloads:

Details on the build process can be found here at my first MSI installer for Real Alternative 1.75. As always you should actively virus scan these files if you don’t trust them. If you have any issues please post them in the comments with the appropriate version.

Real Alternative 2.0.1 MSI Installer

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A new version of Real Alternative is available, version 2.0.1. Here is the new MSI file for deployment. If you want the normal Real Alternative package it can be found at Codec Guide. The previous version was 2.0.0.

MSI Installer Downloads:

Details on the build process can be found here at my first MSI installer for Real Alternative 1.75. As always you should actively virus scan these files if you don’t trust them. If you have any issues please post them in the comments with the appropriate version.

Real Alternative 2.00 MSI Installer

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A new version of Real Alternative is available, version 2.00. Here is the new MSI file for deployment. If you want the normal Real Alternative package it can be found at Codec Guide. The previous version was 1.90.

MSI Installer Downloads:

Details on the build process can be found here at my first MSI installer for Real Alternative 1.75. As always you should actively virus scan these files if you don’t trust them. If you have any issues please post them in the comments with the appropriate version.

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Real Alternative 1.90 MSI Installer

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There is now a new version replacing 1.84 of Real Alternative, version 1.90. If you want the normal Real Alternative 1.90 and not the MSI installer version that is below, you can find it at Codec Guide.

MSI Installer Downloads

Details on the build process can be found here at my first Real Alternative 1.75 MSI Install. As always you should actively virus scan these files if you don’t trust them.

Real Alternative 1.84 MSI Installer

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There is now a new version replacing 1.82 of Real Alternative, version 1.84. If you want the normal Real Alternative 1.84 and not the MSI installer version that is below, you can find it at Codec Guide.

MSI Installer Downloads

Details on the build process can be found here at my first Real Alternative 1.75 MSI Install. As always you should actively virus scan these files if you don’t trust them.

Real Alternative 1.80 MSI Installer

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There is now a new version of Real Alternative, version 1.80. Yes I was a little slow in seeing that this had been updated but I had other things to do. An extra note, this version has been bulit on a Windows XP Service Pack 3 install.

Downloads

Details on the build process can be found here at my first Real Alternative 1.75 MSI Install.

Real Alternative 1.75 MSI Installer

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So I wanted to deploy Real Alternative 1.75 on my network at work, but low and behold I can’t find a pre-made MSI file that anyone has produced (and publicly shared). So I decided to make one myself.

And unlike all those other snobs I’m going to share it with you all.

Downloads

Notes:

  • This is a full install based on the Real Alternative 1.75 setup
  • It installs Menu Shortcuts in Accessories\Entertainment\Real Alternative
  • “Uninstall Real Alternative” has been removed from the menu shortcuts

Build Process
Download a copy of Real Alternative from Codec Guide. I’m going to make this short and simple. Basically I’ve built a fresh install on Windows XP in Virtual PC, ran Windows Update so that Windows was current, installed WinINSTALL LE 2003 and then Ran through the WinINSTALL process to create an MSI.

Note: When installing WinINSTALL LE 2003 disable your network adapter, this will get you past the registration error.

Quicktime Alternative & Real Alternative

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I wonder how many people are aware that there alternatives to Apple‘s QuickTime software and RealNetworks RealPlayer. Seriously if you don?t want to pollute your computer with their bloatware is there an alternative?

The answer is yes. QuickTime Alternative and Real Alternative are the answer.

QuickTime Alternative will allow you to play QuickTime files without having to install the official QuickTime Player.

All QuickTime formats (.mov .qt .3gp etc.) are supported, including streaming content and QuickTime content that is embedded in webpages.

Some advantages compared to QuickTime player:

  • Quick and easy install
  • It’s easy to make an unattended installation
  • No background processes
  • Use a player of your own choice
  • Low on resources
  • Smaller size

Real Alternative will allow you to play RealMedia files without having to install RealPlayer.

All RealMedia formats (.ra .rm .rmvb .ram .rpm .rv .rp .rt .rnx .smi .smil etc.) are supported, including streaming content and RealMedia content that is embedded in webpages.

Some advantages compared to RealPlayer:

  • Quick and easy install
  • It’s easy to make an unattended installation
  • Proper uninstallation
  • No background processes
  • Use a player of your own choice
  • Low on resources
  • No advertising, no registration forms, nothing annoying

Limitations:

  • .smi and .smil files only play the first part of a clip. This is only a problem when the clip consists of multiple parts. These files are not very common. These files do play correctly when embedded in a browser.
  • The RealMedia DirectShow splitter does not work with streaming content. You must use the included Media Player Classic to play streaming content.