On the topic of MSI validation tools and thick skin.

The short blog entry I made last night about the MSN Toolbar Suite Beta setup needing validation is getting a little bit of circulation right now.  So, I decided to check out the trackbacks and noticed that Michael Sanford was linked.  I hadn’t been by his blog in a while wandered around for a bit. …

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MSN Toolbar Suite Beta setup built by the WiX toolset.

Since it appears lots of other people are talking about the beta of the MSN Toolbar Suite (Scoble is tracking many of them here and here) so I thought I’d take a look at it.  Besides, I’m tired tonight and not up to writing anything superbly technical.  Anyway, I downloaded the bootstrapper that kicked off…

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Why does changing the name of your MSI file require a Major Upgrade?

I skipped out on blogging this last Monday night to chill out with Jenny and watch some Firefly.  Last night I spent the whole evening fixing bugs in the WiX toolset like this and this.  So tonight, I thought I’d take a few minutes and answer a question that was asked on the wix-users mailing…

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Creating localized MSI files using WiX toolset and .wxl files.

Tonight we pick up where I left off last week and continue with the topic of localizing your MSI file.  If you haven’t read last week’s blog entry, you should do that now.  Yes, it’s pretty long.  Don’t worry I’ll wait.  There’s lots of good background information in there. Great, I want to cover a…

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Localization and your MSI file.

Jenny signed off on my Monday night blog hours so I’m curled up in my big comfy chair with my laptop ready to discuss some details of the Windows Installer.  Honestly, every time I sit in this big chair I consider writing that book again.  But not tonight.  For tonight we talk about localization and…

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“Where’s the Localization?” or “Why is Rob always behind on his blog?”

In the Windows Installer chat two weeks ago, I promised I’d get a blog entry written up about localization using the WiX toolset and .wxl files this past Tuesday.  That obviously didn’t happen.  There are two reasons for this.  First, as I was working through my example, I tripped across several bugs (such as this…

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Windows Installer 3.0 Redistributable Live

I was just notified that the Windows Installer 3.0 redistributable has been posted live.  1.  The redistributable package can be obtained from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5FBC5470-B259-4733-A914-A956122E08E8&displaylang=en 2.  There is also a Knowledgebase article about this release available at: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=884016 3.  Finally, the SDK documentation and tools are part of the Windows XP Service Pack 2 platform SDK and…

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MSDN Windows Installer chat about the WiX toolset

If you hang out in any of the Windows Installer newsgroups you’ve probably already seen this page for the upcoming Windows Installer Chats.  For those of you that don’t I wanted to quickly point out November 9th’s topic:  Windows Installer Chat: Using WiX to Create Windows Installer Packages.  I’ll be there (wouldn’t miss it!) and…

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Moving on down.

At the beginning of March of 2003, near the end of shipping Microsoft Office System 2003, I moved from the Office Release and Deployment team to the SDM Platform team in Windows Server.  That move was hard because I was leaving behind a great team and a great product.  However, I knew that my passion…

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MySQL 4.1 setup built with the WiX toolset.

I was just sent this link to an article about the new features in MySQL 4.1.  To quote the part of the article I personally found most interesting: Microsoft has included an improved version of their Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) in the recent versions of Windows. Using the MSI has become the de-facto standard for…

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