Windows Installer 4.5 is now available!

I am pleased to announce that the final release of the Windows Installer 4.5 Redistributable and SDK are now available. There is also a KB Article published about the release.   New and improved features in Windows Installer 4.5 The following new and improved features have been implemented in Windows Installer 4.5.   Multiple package…

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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…

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Windows Installer 4.5 Beta Accepting Nominations

The Windows Installer team is closing in on our Beta release of Windows Installer 4.5 so it’s time to open the Beta program.  As usual, the connect site at http://connect.microsoft.com is the host for the program.  The Windows Installer 4.5 specific subsite is at https://connect.microsoft.com/programdetails.aspx?ProgramDetailsID=1506. We’re opening nominations ahead of our beta documentation and binary release. …

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Windows Installer 4.5 versions

As you all may already know the final release of the Windows Installer 4.5 Redistributable and SDK are now available. The current version of Windows Installer is in the form; major.minor.build.update. We have received a few questions regarding the differences in the “build” and “update” fields of the version of Windows Installer 4.5 installed across different…

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Update to MSI 4.5 (KB958655)

Hello everyone, We wanted to let you know that a non-security QFE was released recently for MSI 4.5 redistributable, available via Microsoft download center (Search for KB958655). The KB article contains information on the symptoms and cause of the issue. The intent of this post is to clarify some concerns/questions you may have that are…

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Who are you Hem?

I have been with the Windows Installer team (i.e. MSI Team) for three years now. During this time I helped the team ship XPSP2 (MSI 3.0), 2003 SP1 (MSI 3.1) and now Vista (MSI 4.0). It has been a rewarding experience working with this dev team. When I am not coding, debugging or staring out…

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Walkthrough for Signing up for Windows Installer 4.5 Beta

Here’s a walkthrough of the process I’ve used to signup for the Windows Installer 4.5 Beta 1) go to URL http://connect.microsoft.com/availableconnections.aspx2) sign in (using a creating new hotmail account – steps omitted for brevity)3) after completing new account creation, the page returns me to the https version of the Available Connections page at https://connect.microsoft.com/availableconnections.aspx?wa=wsignin1.04) scroll…

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Invitation to Windows Installer Tools Vendors for a Live Meeting Event

We’d like to invite Windows Installer tools vendors to a Live Meeting event in the second half of May 2007. At this event we’ll discuss the next step for the Windows Installer so you can consider the fit to your plans. If you are an interested Windows Installer tools vendor, please click the “Email” link…

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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…

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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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