Integration Hurdles for EXE Custom Actions

A while back, two sets of engineers were arguing whether simply calling an EXE custom action would be good enough for Windows Installer based package.  The first team with the EXE didn’t want to do the work to move to Windows Installer but they really wanted the second team to take a dependency.  The team…

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What is the protocol for releasing beta software that depends on Windows Installer 4.5 beta?

A question been raised in a couple of contexts is the protocol for shipping a beta on beta software. QuestionWhat is the protocol for shipping beta software that depends on Windows Installer 4.5 beta? Answer We encourage producing a beta software that integrates the features of Windows Installer 4.5 beta.  There is no license that…

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What happened to Windows Installer 4.1?

For a time, there was a release named Windows Installer 4.1 on the MSDN topic Released Versions of Windows Installer that was associated with Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008.  When this reference to 4.1 was removed, it naturally lead to the question: what happened to Windows Installer 4.1? The back story here starts about…

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Speaking at Packaging Event 2007 in Amsterdam on October 11th

The Packaging Event 2007 in Amsterdam has kindly invited the Windows Installer team to speak on October 11th, 2007.  Robert Flaming, Windows Installer Program Manager, will be giving a talk on Windows Installer (MSI) 4.5 and Other Trends in Packaging This talk will discuss the targeted architectural changes in the upcoming Windows Installer 4.5 release…

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