Most of us have worked with Visual Studio deployment projects to create setup projects for components we developed. In many cases we used the custom user interface dialogs that come with Visual Studio to take extra parameters from the user. The problem happens when you require extra parameters than Visual Studio provides or custom user interface dialogs. In my case what I needed is a dialog to take username and password fields from the user and hence I wanted to apply a style to one of the edit box controls to be a password field. In the following I will show you how to create a new custom dialog and how to mark an edit box as a password field.
How to create a custom Visual Studio Setup dialog?
So what I wanted to do is to customize one of the three textboxes dialog and create new one where I change one of the fields to be a password field. To do this you will need ORCA MSI editor from the Windows SDK Components for Windows Installer Developers here. The steps are as follows.
1- Close the Visual Studio.
2- Browse to the folder “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\Tools\Deployment\VsdDialogs\0”and make a copy of the file “VsdCustomText3Dlg.wid” and rename it to “VsdUsernamePasswordDlg.wid”
4- Change all occurrences of “CustomTextC”to “CustomTextD” in all tables and all values.
8- Save the file.
10- Save the file in the folder“C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\Tools\Deployment\VsdDialogs\1033”with the same name.
11- Close ORCA and re –open Visual Studio.
You can edit and create any custom dialog you want to the list of dialogs used by the setup solution but remember that your project will not be built unless this custom dialog exists on the development machine.