Adopting Windows Installer 4.5

It’s been a few months now since the Windows Installer 4.5 redistributable was released [link]. Over the past couple months I have received several questions (quite often similar in nature) that warrants this blog post <grin>. In this post, I will attempt to answer some of the most frequently asked questions with regards to adoption…

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Enhanced Permissions Setting with Windows Installer 5.0

Setting appropriate permissions for an object is one of the core operations in creating an application installer. One of the most frequent pieces of feedback has been to provide enhanced capabilities around securing resources installed on the system. MsiLockPermissionsEx Table in Windows 7 enhances the functionality over LockPermissions Table. With MsiLockPermissionsEx table, users now have…

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Enhanced Service Configuration with Windows Installer 5.0

In Windows 7, Windows Installer provides enhanced native support for setup authors to configure services as part of an application install. Starting with Windows Vista, Windows provides a powerful set of configuration options to configure services. These enhancements result in better security, performance and reliability for services. For example, the least privilege and resource isolation…

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