Windows Installer 4.5 beta now available for download on the Microsoft Connect site


As reported this weekend by the Windows Installer team and Heath Stewart, the beta of Windows Installer 4.5 (including binaries, headers, libraries and help files) has been posted to the Connect site for members of the beta program to download and try out.  Here is some useful information about the Windows Installer 4.5 beta program:

Comments (4)

  1. Sangeeta says:

    How can we detect windows installer 4.5 and install it silently?

  2. astebner says:

    Hi Sangeeta – There are instructions for silent installs in the Windows Installer MSDN documentation at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/aa372856.aspx.

    There are different ways of detecting the version of Windows Installer that is on the user’s system.  Visual Studio setup does the following:

    Look up the folder that is listed in the following registry value:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInstaller]

    InstallerLocation

    Take the folder listed in the InstallerLocation value, append the name msi.dll, then look up the version number of the file msi.dll at that location.  That version is the version of Windows Installer that is on the user’s system.