BUG: Icon Does Not Display Correctly in Add/Remove Programs Dialog Box

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Symptoms

After a per-user installation of a Windows Installer product, the icon displayed in Add/Remove Programs is the default icon (a folder for Explorer.exe). This occurs despite the fact that the ARPPRODUCTICON property is set to the preferred icon in the Icon Table of the Microsoft Windows Installer (.msi) file.

The correct icon is displayed in Add/Remove Programs with a per-machine installation.

Cause

This is an Add/Remove Programs bug that affects the Windows Installer. Add/Remove Programs calls the Installer if it is an .msi application to obtain the value of the ARPPRODUCTICON property. Add/Remove Programs then handles the rest. If the application uses a per-user installation, Add/Remove Programs does not properly expand the environment variables in the string it receives.

Resolution

To work around this bug, use a per-machine installation. A per-machine installation can be accomplished by setting the ALLUSERS property to 1.

Change the ALLUSERS property by running your package from a command line with the following syntax:

msiexec /i mypackage.msi ALLUSERS = 1


If you want to add this property within your package:

  1. Open your .msi package in your editing tool. If your editing tool does not allow you to add this property, you may download Orca, a free .msi editor, in the Windows Installer SDK at:For additional information about using Orca, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    255905 HOWTO: Use the Orca Database Editor to Edit Windows Installer Files
  2. In Orca, click the Property table.
  3. In the Property table, add the ALLUSERS property.
  4. Set the value to 1.
  5. Reinstall your .msi package.

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

More Information

Steps to Reproduce Behavior

Use the steps that follow to reproduce the bug:

  1. Open an .msi file in Orca.
  2. Populate the Icon table by typing a name for the icon file, and then type in the path to the icon image.
  3. In the Property table, add the property ARPPRODUCTICON with the icon name from step 2 as its value.
  4. In the Property table, set the ALLUSERS property to NULL.
  5. Install your package.

References

For information about how to set Windows Installer properties, see the Windows Installer SDK located at:

Eigenschaften

Artikelnummer: 258558 – Letzte Überarbeitung: 19.06.2014 – Revision: 1

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