Thoughts about setup and deployment issues, WiX, XNA, the .NET Framework and Visual Studio
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I have been exploring creating MSI packages to install Media Center add-ins as part of my ongoing project to create my own Media Center add-in. During this process, I have discovered a couple of interesting behaviors of the RegisterMceApp.exe tool that we provide for add-ins to register themselves with Media Center:
These 2 facts make it somewhat complicated to launch RegisterMceApp.exe as a custom action to register an add-in using an MSI-based setup package. I talked to the developer who worked on this EXE and he provided the following suggestions that do not appear to be documented in the Media Center SDK currently:
I realize that all of the above is fairly complicated. I am working on an example MSI package using WiX to demonstrate how to create a well-behaving Media Center add-in. Hopefully this example will demonstrate all of these concepts in a clearer way. I hope to have this example published soon (in the next week or so....)
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