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User Interface Tips

This section shows some examples of the Windows Installer UI being manipulated:

  1. Billboards
  2. Browse for File Dialog (dll based custom action)
  3. Control Removal
  4. Add Dialog Identification To Titlebar
  5. Dynamically Update Dialog Controls
  6. Error Dialog - Improve
  7. FilesInUse Dialog - Display if Program Running
  8. Licence Dialog Enabling
  9. Logo on Dialogs
  10. MSI Dialog Editor
  11. Progress Bar - More Detail
  12. Progress Bar - Move Bar
  13. Read Me Dialogs
  14. Remote Desktop Shortcuts
  15. Start Program at End of Install (via checkbox on final dialog)
  16. Twin Dialogs
  17. Uninstall Shortcuts
  18. Version Number in Dialog Titles

These samples are shown to show how some of these things can be done. You could of course manually hack a template with "ORCA", but if done this way you can take an updated template from Microsoft at any time and reapply the changes automatically. When done this way you are also effectively documenting the exact changes required.

Note that you can use the "DialogPreview" command to preview dialogs, this would allow you to quickly test multiple variations. "ORCA" can also preview dialogs.


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