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Microsoft Component Installer Software Development Kit

Microsoft Component Installer Software Development Kit

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I just stumbled onto a link on MSDN to download a tool called the Microsoft Component Installer Software Development Kit.  This tool aims to make it easier for setup developers to bootstrap and install common Microsoft components, including the following:

  • MDAC 2.8
  • .NET Framework 1.1 (and 1.1 SP1 and KB886903)
  • DirectX 9.0c
  • Windows Installer 2.0 and 3.1

I downloaded it and took a look and it seems pretty straightforward to use, and it is INI-driven so you can enable or disable bootstrapping to only target the components you need in your scenarios.  I haven't actually tried to use it yet though, so I'm curious if anyone out there has tried this tool yet for your setup scenarios.  If so, please post a comment and let me know what you think - is this tool useful?  Does it address some/all/any of your scenarios?  Are there big functional holes that make it not feasible in your scenarios?


  • Do you know where to download the Managed DirectX msi file (mdxredist.msi)? The October SDK Update Developer Redistributables include only cab files of them. I don't want to download them during every installation. Sorry to ask, I know that's not quite your area.
  • Hi Daniel - it looks like the mdxredist.msi is a part of the DirectX 9 SDK. You can download the SDK at

    After installing the SDK, you should be able to find mdxredist.msi at <DirectXSDKDir>\Redist\DirectX9\ where <DirectXSDKDir> is the location that you installed the SDK to.
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