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Never Uninstall Resources

The main choices are:

  1. If you don't wish to undo anything done during the "install" of an MSI you should have a look at the "No Installation Registration" section.

  2. The resources are members of a component, the "ComponentId" can be set to "" so that Windows Installer never registers it. No uninstallation (or "repair") will take place, for example:
    <$Component "NeverRepairedOrRemoved" Directory_="<$INSTALLDIR>" ComponentId="">
        ...
    <$/Component>

  3. The resources are members of a component, the "permanent" attribute can be set. It will not be uninstalled however it can be repaired, for example:
    <$Component "NeverRemoved" Directory_="<$INSTALLDIR>" Attributes=^Permanent^>
        ...
    <$/Component>

  4. One or more custom actions to perform all the update and removal logic.


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