Latest SDK for Windows Installer 5.0

The RTM release of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is now available for customers to install from the download center in both ISO and Web Setup format.  See the SDK announcement on the Windows SDK blog.    Please note that the stand-alone version of the Windows Installer 4.5 SDK is now no…

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MSI 4.5 natively included with SP2 for Windows Vista & Server 2008

As you may already know that Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista (SP2) is available for download from Microsoft download center [link]. MSI version 4.5 is natively included as part of SP2. The version of Windows Installer is 4.5.6002.18005 across all architectures and platforms.   If you have already installed the MSI…

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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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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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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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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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What changed in Windows Installer 4.5?

Apart from the feature work that we did in Windows Installer 4.5, we made a few changes to Windows Installer to address some user feedback or pain points. Here’s some of the important issues that were addressed: Added SeBackupPrivilige back to the Windows Installer service. This sould help any custom actions that needed this privilige like the…

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Join us at TechEd 2008!

Hello Everyone — The schedules for Microsoft TechEd 2008 in sunny Orlando, Florida have recently been posted and I am pleased to announce that we will have FOUR Windows Installer-related sessions: two during the Developers Conference June 3-6 and two during the IT Professionals Conference June 10-13. IT Professionals Conference Sessions: Session Title Track Level…

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Issues with Patchwiz.dll v4.0

Issue Description Performing any of the following operations using patchwiz.dll v4.0 could result in data loss in the root directory: 1.       UiCreatePatchPackage is called with the hwndStatus parameter set to NULL OR 2.       UiCreatePatchPackageEx is called with the hwndStatus parameter set to NULL and dwFlags set to 0x8000 OR 3.       Using msimsp.exe v3.0 to create Windows…

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Windows Installer 4.5 Multi Package Transaction and UAC

What does this blog cover? With Windows Installer 4.5 support for multi package transaction, the Windows Installer transaction boundary can span more than a single package. Additionally, UAC credential prompts are tied to a package trust boundary. This means, there can be more than one UAC credential prompt per transaction. If you want to use…

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