Windows Installer 3.1 Still a Top Download

Recent Download Center newsletter noted the Windows Installer 3.1 is still in the Top 5 downloads more than three years after its original release.

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Comments (3)

  1. TAG says:

    Why you don’t list actual download numbers?

  2. anony.muos says:

    So many ppl don’t know about MSI 4.5?

  3. TAG: Why don’t you list actual download numbers?

    Sorry, I don’t have the numbers and don’t know how to get them.  This list is just a snippit from the download center site.

    someone: So many ppl don’t know about MSI 4.5?

    The ranking of 4.5 is pretty high too, just not as high as 3.1.

    For me, I believe it’s more about dependencies than knowledge.  I believe the primary driver for 3.1 is Microsoft Update which took a big bet on the external UI and patch features in 3.1.  I believe the primary driver for 4.5 is SQL server and VS products which took a bet on the chaining and patching features in 4.5.  I don’t have statistics for either but these are my hunches.

    Additionally, if IT or ISV hard coded a link to the MSI 3.1 download site in shipping software sometime in the last 3 years, it’s still going to lead users to the older version.

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