Windows Installer and Restart Manager: MSI Files-In-Use V2

Introduction Files-In-Use functionality is among the countless services that Windows Installer exposes for setup authors to leverage for their application install/maintenance. This functionality lets setup authors display the processes that hold on to files that would be updated by this install. The user would want to shut those processes before continuing with the install to…

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Restart Manager video available on Channel 9

Hello everyone — As many of you know, one of the great new features Windows Installer supports on Windows Vista is Restart Manager. I just ran across a video on Channel 9 that provides a lot of good information on how to make your application “Restart Manager Aware.” Good viewing if you are planning on supporting…

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Check out the UAC video on Channel 9

Channel 9 did an interview with Steve Hiskey and Jon Schwartz on the UAC team. Check out the video here if you want to learn more about UAC. [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…

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Q & A from latest Windows Installer Webcast available

Thanks so much to those who attended our latest webcast last week. For those of you who missed it, the webcast is available for on-demand viewing here. Also, if you have ideas for future MSDN Webcasts or Chats, please let us know by leaving a comment on this posting. Here is the Q & A…

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Preview of Upcoming KB Articles: Windows Installer 4.0 on Windows Vista.

Hello everyone — Based on feedback we have received from recent customer engagements, webcasts and the blog, we plan to have several KB articles created to clear up some points about Windows Installer 4.0 on Windows Vista. Since the KB creation process can take some time, I wanted to post a summary of the information…

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New Windows Installer 4.0 Webcast Scheduled and Q & A from LUA Webcast.

I want to thank everyone who attented my webcast on designing Windows Installer packages for UAC on Windows Vista. We had over 150 attendees and Robert Flaming did a great job handing Q & A during the webcast (Q & A log is later in this posting.) For those of you who missed the webcast,…

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Tyler speaking at packaging event in Amsterdam in November!

For all of our friends in Europe, I will be speakng at a software packaging event for system administrators being held in Amsterdam on November 3. The topic of discussion will be packaging softwae installations for both Windows Installer 3.1 on Wndows XP and Windows Installer 4.0 on Windows Vista. If you read the blog…

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Tao of the Windows Installer, Part 6

Well, here we are with the last part in this series, where we’ll be looking at security in relation to the Installer. As I’m sure you’re aware, Microsoft take security very seriously, so don’t let the fact that this is the last section make you think it’s just tagged on at the end to meet…

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Windows Vista RC1 Platform SDK Documentation is Now Available!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the RC1 version of the Windows Vista Platform SDK documentation is now available on MSDN. Included is the most up-to-date documentation for Windows Installer 4.0. If you have any feedback on the SDK, please use the feedback links on the documentation pages or leave a comment…

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New Webcast on Windows Installer and User Account Control (UAC) Scheduled!

I have scheduled a webcast on creating (and debugging) Windows Installer packages so that they work well under User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista. The Webcast will be presented live on Wednesday, October 18 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time and will also be available for on-demand playback afterwards. More details can be found on the…

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