Tao of the Windows Installer, Part 5

Testing is a vital part of the package development process and you can avoid many problems in production if your testing strategy is sound. So this time we will look at a couple of pointers on testing. I must admit I’m less happy with the arrangement of this section than with some of the others….


Windows Installer 4.0 Webcast Now Available for On Demand Viewing!

Missed our webcast on Windows Installer 4.0 last week? No worries! You can view the webcast ON DEMAND by clicking here. [Author: Tyler Robinson]This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights. Use of included script samples are subject to the terms specified at http://www.microsoft.com/info/cpyright.htm.


Tao of the Windows Installer, Part 4

So, we’ve covered the basics of the Installer, created a package and deployed it.  So far, so good, but what happens if the application needs updated?  Well, here are some things to think about with regard to patching. Enjoy. Series links: Fundamentals Packaging Deployment Patching Testing and Support Security Considerations Patching Rule 40: Use Installer Version…


Check out our MSDN Webcast this Friday!

MSDN Architecture Webcast: Designing Software Installations for Windows Vista Using Windows Installer 4.0 (Level 200)Friday, June 23, 200611:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. Pacific Time Hope to see you all there 🙂 [Author: Tyler Robinson]This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights. Use of included script samples are subject to the terms specified at…


Tao of the Windows Installer, Part 3

We have reached the mid-way point in this series and will be taking a look at deployment-related recommendations.  Shorter than last time, this section is potentially more interesting to system administrators than package developers – in either case, if you have come across some ‘gotchas’ or know any nice workarounds for deployment problems, please post…


Tao of the Windows Installer, Part 2

Sticking strictly to the “approximately weekly” schedule, here we have, nearly two weeks later, the somewhat more substantial second part in this series. Thanks for the comments on Part 1 – even though I briefly answered some at the time, I’ll be using these when I come to re-draft the list. So, please keep the…


Tao of the Windows Installer, Part 1

Ever agreed to something you thought was a quick favour, just to see it balloon into a massive project? Well, towards the end of last year a customer asked me for a list of “best practices” for the Installer. Being helpful, I agreed to send one and started looking for a list. Now, as the…


Check us out at the Windows Server SDR, MMS 2006 and TechEd 2006!

Are you heading to the Windows Server code name “Longhorn” Software Design Review next week in Bellevue? Or maybe the Microsoft Management Summit 2006 later this month in San Diego? How about to Boston for Microsoft TechEd 2006 in June? If so, be sure to catch us there! I’ll be presenting a session at the…


Windows Installer Appears Every Time a Program is Started

Question OS: Windows XP Home SP2 with Automatic updates every day at 3AM; Machine: Toshiba Satellite M35X-S311; 80% of hard drive free. My trial version of Office 2003 expired 1/31/06 (no warning messages received prior). I couldn’t access Control Panel (system32/CoPM.cpl error). No System Restore points prior to 1/31/06. Ever since 1/31/06, windows installer pops…


Makin’ a List, Checkin’ it Twice: Windows Installer Wishes (Part 1)

ContextThe Windows Installer (MSI) team maintains an alias for Windows Installer Wishes. Generally we view these as feature requests for future versions of the Windows Installer toolset. In an effort to me more transparent with the things customers are asking for, here’s an accumulation of Wishes from last month. We welcome and value comments from…