Deciphering the MSI Directory table, part 7 (directories are properties)

In my last blog entry, I wrapped up saying that we’d talk about how to make your install directory configurable this time.  I’m sorry but I lied.  There is an important but confusing truth that you must understand before we continue.  Directories are Properties. Some of you may have already caught on to this because…

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Deciphering the MSI Directory table, part 6 (standard directories)

Before picking up this series of blog entries on the Directory table again, I went back and re-read all the previous entries to make sure I remembered the details told up to this point.  It was then that I realized the last entry on this series as posted over 11 months ago.  What disturbed me even…

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Thursday Night "Deployment Dinner Discussions" with Carolyn Napier.

Tonight Jenny and I hosted our second Thursday Night "Deployment Dinner Discussion". Our guests were Carolyn Napier and Steve Lesser. Actually, it isn’t that simple. You see, I have been meaning to invite Carolyn over for to see my house for about 3 years now (as long as I’ve lived here). On top of that,…

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Thursday Night "Deployment Dinner Discussions" with Rob Mensching.

Over the last couple months, I have been trying to come up with new ways to connect with the software installation community. A couple weeks ago, I presented my first idea to Jenny. The idea was to invite people over for dinner at our house to eat, sit, and talk. Jenny agreed and last night…

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Creative Commons Add-in’s Office XP PIA – Conditioning the Office XP PIAs – Part 1

Previously I described how the Office XP PIA install detected what parts of Office XP were installed. There are two places that the detection information is used and there are weaknesses in both places that we’ll discuss. In this blog entry we’ll take a look at the first place the detection logic is used. The…

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Creative Commons Add-in’s Office XP PIA – Detecting Office XP Parts

There was a lot more interest in the Office XP PIA install that Bob created than I expected. I’m currently in the process of trying to get the Office team to take the work we did back and post that instead of the loose collection of files available today. I believe this is the most…

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Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office: Behind the Office PIAs.

Tonight, we’ll continue with the story of the development of the Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office. As I mentioned in the introduction one of the first problems that we tackled was the Office PIAs. Rather than provide you second hand information about the development of the PIA packages, I’ve invited Bob Arnson to be…

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Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office v1.0.1 released.

As promised, the first two issues reported with the Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office have been fixed. You can go to the download page and get the new version. The installation experience is identical to the previous version and the add-in looks the same. The only changes from v1.0.0 to v1.0.1 were to ensure…

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Supporting the unsupported Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office.

Tonight I had hoped to be continuing the story about the creation of the Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office. Unfortunately, after a couple days of downloads a few bugs have worked back to those of us working on the add-in. I thought I’d share the known issue list with you and where we are…

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The WiX toolset presents the Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office.

I have been working on a few unrelated side-projects over the last several months. These are projects that I find interesting and typically relate to software installation in some way. Today Microsoft released the first of these projects, the Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office. Essentially, the Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office is a…

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