Category Archives: Windows Installer

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Windows Installer Logging

Windows Installer log files can be very useful resources when debugging installer issues. They contained detailed information about the progress of an installation, including descriptive error information. For instructions on how to enable Windows Installer logging, check out this Microsoft support … Continue reading

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Defining Windows Installer Custom Actions

The Windows Installer provides a large amount of built-in functionality for handling most common installation tasks. Such functionality is accessible via a host of database tables as described Windows Installer Database Reference on MSDN. Although the built-in functionality is quite … Continue reading

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MSI Components Cardinal Rule #6

Rule: Do not change an existing MSI component in any of the following ways: Any change that would make the MSI component incompatible with previous versions of the component. A change in the name or target location of any file, … Continue reading

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