This article lists the most commonly used Windows Installer resources.
Windows Installer 2.0
Windows Installer Support Center:
Windows Installer SDK documentation on MSDN:
Reading and analyzing log files:
See the WiLogUtl.exe tool in the Windows Installer SDK.
Windows Installer examples
Work 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
Version 2.0 White paper:
Side-by-side component sharing
Using isolated applications:
For 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:
For information and to download the .NET Framework redistributable, visit the following MSDN Web site:
Visual Studio Installer (VSI):
InstallSite - resources for setup developers:
Wise Solutions - authoring tool:
InstallShield - authoring tool:
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