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Windows Installer FAQ (the basics)

Just to remove any possible confusion by "Windows Installer" I mean the set of Microsoft developed technologies for software installation and not a generic term for creating installers for Windows! You might also wish to have a look at the Windows Installer information on Wikipedia.

This section covers the basics and is not meant as much more than a quick introduction of the main information (it does not replace the need to view the Microsoft "MSI.CHM" document). You should also have a look at the "links" section in this documentation, the FAQ, newsgroup and other links will tell you a lot more.

The Windows Installer program "MSIEXEC.EXE" does all the installation work, it is a data (SQL database) driven installation process which can be extended via custom actions.

Why package at all? See this this blog entry. While it does contain Windows Installer specifics the concepts apply to any type of deployment and manual processes.

Specific areas that are currently available:

Some links to external sites:

SOME OTHER EXTERNAL WINDOWS INSTALLERS FAQ Sites

Some external msi installer frequently asked question sites:

Very Useful Tools

A short list of some of the more useful tools:

  1. ORCA
  2. Windows Installer CleanUp Utility
  3. Virtual Machines
  4. PROCESS EXPLORER


Microsoft awarded me an MVP (Most Valuable Professional award) in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 for the Windows SDK (Windows Installer) area.Please email me any feedback, additional information or corrections.
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