Microsoft Tools Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

WiX v3.0 now available for download


The final build of WiX v3.0 is 3.0.5419 has been released to SourceForge and marked RTM/stable. You can download it from

Also, Votive is now available for Visual Studio 2010 beta. I would suggest all Visual Studio 2010 Beta users to upgrade to the latest build of WiX v3.5 to try out the feature. You can download it from
You also get,
A new set of detection properties for .NET Framework 4 beta installation states in the WixNetfxExtension
A new set of detection properties and registration custom actions for Visual Studio 2010 beta editions in the WixVsExtension.

Call to Actions
Votive –
WiX v3.0 online documentation –
Rob Mensching’s announcement about the release of the final version of WiX v3.0 –
Tips to migrate from wix v2 to wix v3
Bob Arnson’s announcement –
WiX site on SourceForge
WiX tutorial

Folks, who aren’t aware about WiX….
The Windows Installer XML (WiX) is a toolset that builds Windows installation packages from XML source code. The toolset provides a command line environment that developers may integrate into their build processes to build MSI and MSM setup packages.

WiX is an open source project, originally developed by Microsoft and maintained by Rob Mensching. You can download the latest binary and source code releases from SourceForge. This tutorial originally describes version 2.0, the stable release. Version 3 is still under development and although it is still a moving target, we have started to add material that describes the changes brought about by the new version.

The toolset is written in C# and requires the .NET Framework 1.1 and its Service Pack 1 to run. However, this only applies to the toolset itself. The installation packages you create with the toolset do not require any extra framework or software to be installed on the target computer. Similarly, there might be a few additional utilities required for some special applications (merge modules, patches) but only on your build computer, the client will only need the finished and self-contained installer package, nothing else.

Join WiX Group:
There is a friendly community of Wix developers and users in a dedicated mailing list, hosted at SourceForge. This is the best place to ask for advice about any aspect of WiX. If you already have a SourceForge account, you can join on the website, too, but the simplest way is to send an empty message to the subscription address.

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