This article lists the most commonly used Windows Installer resources.
Windows Installer 2.0Windows Installer Support Center:
See the WiLogUtl.exe tool in the Windows Installer SDK.
Windows Installer examplesWork through the 7 Installation examples in the Msi.chm SDK help file by using the Orca SDK tool and by using the UISample.msi file as a base .msi package to start with (it has the UI already authored in). The help file is located in the Microsoft SDK folder under Help. When working through the examples, concentrate on the following topics:
- Product codes
- Package codes
- Merges and transforms
- File versioning rules
- Organizing applications into components
White papersVersion 2.0 White paper:
Windows Installer: benefits and implementation for system administratorsStep-by-step guide:
Step-by-step guide to software installation and maintenance
Side-by-side component sharingUsing isolated applications:
Use isolated applications and side-by-side component sharing to reduce DLL conflicts
.NET FrameworkFor information about the Setup.exe bootstrapper that describes how to install the .NET Framework and then install your .msi package, visit the following MSDN Web site:
Microsoft .NET Framework setup.exe bootstrapper sampleFor information and to download the .NET Framework redistributable, visit the following MSDN Web site:
Microsoft .NET Framework Redistributable
Upgrading Windows Installer-based applicationsVisual Studio Installer (VSI):
An introduction to the Visual Studio InstallerPatching:
Microsoft Windows Installer patching
Third-party sitesInstallSite - resources for setup developers: The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.
Article ID: 282477 - Last Review: Sep 6, 2012 - Revision: 1