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32- and 64-Bit Installations, WiX 3.5 - Topics of the Week 5

32- and 64-Bit Installations A frequently asked question is: how can I create a combined 32- and 64-bit MSI package. The short answer is: you can't, because the MSI format requires you to specify the processor architecture in the Summary Information...

Patching without admin rights, and what to do when your certificate expires

You can enable non-admin users to install patches to your application. To enable this, you must ship a digital certificate with your original setup and later sign the updates with the same certificate. This functionality was first introduced with MSI...
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Here's a collection of my (re-) tweets from the past week: Developing Software Installations Based on Agile Best Practices Blog post and webinar from Flexera Software with Visual Studio Magazine Microsoft App-V - What Software Developers Should Know...

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Here are some of links I posted on Twitter last week. Choosing Your Project Type: Basic MSI, InstallScript, or InstallScript MSI InstallShield Media Table Gotcha - a bug in the way InstallShield names .cab files Windows Installer Transforms will Override...

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Some interesting stuff I came across during the past week. A book about WiX Nick Ramirez has written a book about WiX (and it looks like the book also introduces the underlying concepts of Windows Installer along the way). I think this deserves a separate...

Links of the week 41

Here are the links that I tweeted during the past week: Building Setups with Windows Installer and WiX Jeffrey Sharp held a great introductory talk. Here's the recording and here are the slides for download . Learning WiX from ground up Parts 2 of...

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Here are some of the links that I tweeted during the past week: VSTO 4 ( 2010 ) Lessons Learned Christopher Painter discusses and MSDN article about installing Microsoft Office add-ins, and adds his own tips and advice. What about that WiX? Alek Davis...

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In the past week, some topics evolved into a conversation - thanks to Christopher Painter who added more information where I simply tweeted links to articles that I came across: Problems with installations to IIS on Vista Rod Maupin blogged that Installations...

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During the first week after my vacation I came across these articles that might interest you: Alternative method to extract COM Data Shieldmaster Blog posted a workaround if the COM data extracted by InstallShield are incomplete Service Pack 3 for AdminStudio...

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Here are links to some articles that I came across during the past week, calendar week 31: New knowledge base article with detection information for all versions of the .NET Framework Aaron Stebner blogged about released versions and service packs of...

Getting additional Standard Folders in Windows Installer

Windows installer includes a number of pre-defined properties for standard folders such as ProgramFilesFolder. Other standard folders are available as environment variables, such as %ALLUSERSPROFILE%, which can be used similar to properties in the form...
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The effect of MSIFASTINSTALL

In MSI 5 there’s a new property MSIFASTINSTALL that can be set on the command line or in the Property table to speed up large install packages. It’s a combination of flags that will avoid creation of a system restore point, skip some costing tasks, reduce...

MSI Compatibility: Lying about VersionNT and ServicePackLevel

MSI 5 on Windows 7 introduces a new application compatibility setting, as Chris Jackson describes in his blog . To work around too strict OS version checks in LaunchConditions, Windows Installer can automatically try several variations of values for the...

Sample package from DesktopEngineer.com helps you becoming familiar with new MSI 4 and MSI 5 features

Darwin Sanoy of DesktopEngineer.com has published a MSI sample package with a step-by-step self learning guide that leads you through testing new features in Windows Installer versions 4 and 5. Topics covered include: signed and unsigned UAC prompts,...
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Windows 7 Logo Requirements

Microsoft has published a preview of the “Technical Requirements for the Windows 7 Software Logo Program for Client Operating Systems”. The list of requirements is significantly shorter than in previous versions of Windows. The use of Windows Installer...

Chaining MSI Packages with MSI 4.5 White Paper

David Cole, Senior Software Engineer and Install Architect at IBM, has written a white paper called “Using Chained .MSI Packages to Componentize Your Windows Installer Setup”. The white paper is available from Acresso Software, the makers of InstallShield...

Deploying VSTO Office Add-Ins with Windows Installer

If you are creating Office add-ins you may find this two-part MSDN article useful. It describes how to install add-ins created with Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) using Windows Installer. The article uses Visual Studio to create the MSI. Deploying...

LINQ to MSI

LINQ stands for Language-Integrated Query and enables you to directly query databases in .NET programming languages. In a series of blog posts Bart De Smet is writing a query provider to use LINQ for MSI databases. He emphasizes that it's a sample...

Basic Introduction to InstallShield and Windows Installer

Found a nice blog article by Susan Gorman that introduces Windows Installer and InstallShield's role: Basic Introduction to InstallShield and Windows Installer

Video: Windows Installer and Application Compatibility

Microsoft's Channel 9 posted a video interview with Robert Flaming, program manager on the Windows Installer team. Robert talks about topics like User Account Control (UAC), chainers, restart manager, nested install custom actions, digitally signing...
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