What changed in Windows Installer (MSI) in Windows Vista Service Pack 1?

Stefan Krueger met with us a few weeks ago for the Microsoft MVP Global Summit. Among the many topics we discussed was a suggestion from Stefan that we use the team’s blog to communicate relevant bug fixes that we make in our releases. This posting is the result of that suggestion. (Thanks, Stefan!)   Windows…

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Request for suggestions for updating the 1603 KB article?

Feedback on our existing Knowledge Base article for the error 1603 is that ‘it is not very useful.’ My first thought to update the KB would be to go over the troubleshooting techniques such as verbose logging and then how to find and read the errors in the log. Before proceeding to writing, I thought…

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Tips to find Windows Installer specific product support

Customers have mentioned having trouble finding Windows Installer support when they try to navigate the maze of Microsoft support offerings. If you too need to find Windows Installer specific product support, the support staff dedicated to Windows Installer can be reached by For non-Premier Service accounts, see the Professional Support site Choose an option from…

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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 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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Where is good, comprehensive training covering the Windows Installer?

Our friend and blogger Aaron Stebner asked on behalf of his readers whether the Windows Installer had recommendations for “good, comprehensive training covering” the Windows Installer. This question comes up regularly and I’ve built up the following stock answer. Windows Installer depends on our tools vendors to provide a considerable portion of our end to…

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Configuring Windows Vista Software Explorer

One of the questions I received in the lounge area at Tech Ed 2007 in Orlando pertained to Windows Vista Software Explorer display of applications.  Specifically it centered on the ARP* property mappings to the Software Explorer information display.  Before I get to that, many thanks to those of you that saw me present in…

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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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Update on KB Articles requested for Windows Installer 4.0 on Windows Vista

Late last year, we posted the article Preview of Upcoming KB Articles: Windows Installer 4.0 on Windows Vista listing four KB articles we’d requested be written based on user feedback.  Two of the initially requested four have been written Proposed Title: Custom Action code that is not NX compliant will not run on Windows Vista. Actual…

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Policy Interactions and Behavior (Source List)

A few years back, I received some questions pertaining to what privileges were required to modify the source list for a given product.  The questions have come up again and rather than debating on where this information belongs (MSDN vs. TechNet vs. whitepaper), I figured I’d skip all of that and lay it out in…

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