Restart Manager functionality in WiX 3.5

WiX 3.5 provides features to integrate with Visual Studio 2005, 2008, and 2010. But like many add-ins, since new files are being added they certainly can’t be in use by devenv.exe. So when we call devenv.exe /setup as part of our install, the changes may not show up in running instances of Visual Studio. To… Read more

Booting Windows to a Differencing Virtual Hard Disk

Testing software can be fun and rewarding. You get to see new, upcoming features and provide valuable feedback to the developer. But as with most pre-release software, we recommend that you don’t install it on production machines. You could dedicate extra machines for testing, or even test in a virtual machine. Virtual machines are great… Read more

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1 should be removed before upgrading to Windows 7

If you have been beta testing Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1, we recommend you install a fresh copy of Windows 7 on your machine. Alternatively, you may also choose to uninstall Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and .NET 4.0 Beta 1 prior to upgrading to Win7. Microsoft Windows 7 is available to MSDN and… Read more

Changes to Package Caching in Windows Installer 5.0

Windows Installer 5.0 is shipping in Windows 7 as part of the operating system. To address the issue where the User Account Control consent dialog is displayed with an “Unidentified Publisher”, the .msi package is cached in its entirety. Prior to Windows Installer 5.0, installation packages, or .msi files, were stripped of their embedded cabinets… Read more