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UISAMPLE.MSI

Automatically used by "COMPANY.MMH" and manipulated by "UISAMPLE.MMH" (and of course your script) to produce your msi.

MIcrosoft supply this template with the Windows Installer SDK and this is what I do to update this template:

  1. I backup everything!

  2. I use "MsiDiff.VBS" to compare the new and old versions to check that there is no obvious reason why the new version will break anything (for example "UISAMPLE.MMH" may try to change a dialog or control that no longer exists).

  3. The SDK template has huge bitmaps for the "bannrbmp" & "dlgbmp" binaries. You can save about 175 KB by exporting the old ones and replacing the SDK ones using "ORCA" and resaving the template!

    These bitmaps are identical except that I used my brain and saved them using RLE compression! If the bitmaps change you can do this after first exporting the new bitmaps with the "Export to .IDT" facility.


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Microsoft awarded me an MVP (Most Valuable Professional award) in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 for the Windows SDK (Windows Installer) area.