In this on-demand Webinar from Visual Studio Magazine, learn about the challenges that agile teams face in building and deploying applications rapidly and how best practices in installation development strategy and technology are key to the success of any agile development team.Continue reading
Learn best practices for building reliable Windows Installer (MSI) installations inside the Visual Studio 2010 interface. This Webinar also explains how the world’s top software companies build reliable MSI installations inside Visual Studio 2010 using InstallShield.Continue reading
This post defines the several files type which can be created for the Windows Installer technology like .msi, .msm, .cub, .mst, .idt and .pcp files.Continue reading
Most developers understand the benefits of writing reusable code. It makes sense to use that piece again when you need the same functionality. The more pre-tested software you can reuse, the fewer bugs you’re likely to have in the final product.
Merge modules extend the notion of reusable components to the software installation process. Once you’ve developed a way to install a reusable component, you can also reuse the installation process!
This article explains the Merge Modules, the need of it and How to merge them to an existing installer file (.msi).Continue reading
Upgrades are little complex compared to the new installer. This guest article from Bhuvana aims at providing the requirement for minor upgrade, the steps to create it and options to install the same. Minor upgrade is a type of Product upgrade that Windows Installer supports. A minor upgrade can be used to add new features and components. Let us know if you have any inputs / suggestions for Minor upgrade.Continue reading
This error message is displayed by the Microsoft Windows Installer Engine (Wondering whats this? Read here) and is a general error code that indicates a problem occurred during the installation. Read on this article to …Continue reading
As you guys are aware, I am writing a series of posts which covers some key discussions, topics and FAQs in the stream of MSI Windows Installer and application packaging. In this fourth part, we …Continue reading
Consider a scenario where a single file in the application has undergone a change, and this file needs to be replaced in all the machines where it is Installed. In such a situation, it doesn’t …Continue reading
The Wix tools allow you to define the structure of a windows installer package using an XML file. This gives you all of the usual benefits of XML: easy editing with a variety of tools, …Continue reading
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 http://sourceforge.net/projects/wix/files/. Also, Votive is now available for Visual Studio 2010 beta. I would suggest …Continue reading