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It may be necessary to include the Windows Installer redistributable with the package that is created with Visual Studio Installer because Windows Installer may not be present on the operating system on which you are installing your product.
Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, and Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 do not include the Windows Installer as part of the operating system. You may receive an error message indicating that the package has no file extension associated with it when you try to install. On the preceding operating systems, you need to install Windows Installer prior to launching your Visual Studio Installer Package.
To include the Windows Installer installation for all operating systems with your Microsoft Visual Studio package, follow these steps:
Building an installation with the Windows Installer bootstrap loader creates the following distinct files as part of your Installer package:
For more information, see the topic "Build Tab (Project Properties Dialog Box)"
(http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?URL=/library/devprods/vs6/vstudio/vsinstal/vedlgbuildtab.htm)in the Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN) Library.
Article ID: 283168 - Last Review: July 12, 2004 - Revision: 2.1