How do I get the Escape key to work on a Windows Installer dialog?

Question How do I get the Escape key to work on a Windows Installer dialog? Answer Edit the Dialog table, go to the record that contains the dialog and enter your No/Cancel button’s key (Name field in Control table) into the Control_Cancel field. [Author: Robert Flaming] This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties,…

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November Windows Installer Chat Announced!

As part of the ongoing MSDN Communities effort, the Windows Installer team ispleased to announce the next chat in the Windows Installer series. Membersof the Windows Installer team at Microsoft will be available to answer questionsabout any MSI topic. The chat schedule and description are provided below. Formore information, chat instructions, and a complete chat…

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PDC Content Available!

Hello everyone, Just a note that all of the PDC content is now available for download. If you missed the Windows Installer / ClickOnce session at the PDC (FUN222) now is a great opportunity to get caught up! Check out this blog posting for more information. [Author: Tyler Robinson]

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Where did my custom action permissions go? Terminal Server is special.

The other day a user complained that they were trying to donfigure Active Directory and their queries were intermittently getting access denied.  They had roughly identified the problem as having been related to the Windows 2003 server SP1 however they had not a clue why it worked intermittently.  I pecked at the edges saying it…

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PSS MSI RFC Triage for Thursday October 20th, 2005

Context: Every week the dedicated Windows Installer (MSI) resources of Product Support Services (PSS) and members of the MSI team have a conference call to discuss PSS issues of the week including ones that may result in Requests For Change (RFC). Instance: The following are the take-aways from call on Thursday October 20th. Question 1:…

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Affects of a Vista Upgrade on Existing Application Installs

Context: Glimpse at an internal thread where Technical Evangelists were asking about Affects of a Vista Upgrade on Existing Application Installs Question 1: What will happen to the installed programs at the time of OS upgrade?Will the user be able to uninstall the program from vista if it is installed in XP? Answer 1: During…

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Service Control API change plus cascaded MSI 3.0 behavior change

An change to the Service Control APIs produced a MSI 3.0 behavior change. BeforeBefore XP SP2 and MSI 3.0 the Service Control APIs used to send us a shutdown message and we’d ignore it and continue to run without telling the Service Control APIs that we’d ignored their message. Service Control API ChangeWith XP SP2,…

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Advertising and ARPSYSTEMCOMPONENT

Scenario On Windows XP, I am advertising an MSI that has ARPSYSTEMCOMPONENT set to 1 but it appears in ARP anyway. Is this by design? Is there a workaround Indeed, once I fault in the product, the ARP entry goes away. There’s not much to see in the MSI. Just set the property and run…

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What are the limits for a large MSI package?

MSI MVP Stefan Krueger posted a excellent response to the question “What are the limits for a large MSI package?” in a FAQ entry at InstallSite.org Thanks for the hard work Stefan ;^)

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How do I merge an MSM with a nested MSI in it’s substorage into a MSI?

Question How do I merge an MSM with a nested MSI in it’s substorage into a MSI? Answer This isn’t really possible given the current merge tools since they don’t handle movement of substorages from the MSM to the MSI. Content credit also belongs to Carolyn, MSI Team Dev Lead. You can get other Carolyn…

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