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  • Blog Post: Authoring to Windows Installer 4.0 Features mentioned at PDC 2005

    As Tyler recently mentioned , you can find the Professional Developers Conference 2005 session and presentation of the Windows Installer 4.0. Here's a preliminary view of how to author to these features. Note: This documentation is preliminary and is subject to change. Restart Manager Support As...
  • Blog Post: PDC Content Available!

    Hello everyone, Just a note that all of the PDC content is now available for download. If you missed the Windows Installer / ClickOnce session at the PDC (FUN222) now is a great opportunity to get caught up! Check out this blog posting for more information. [Author: Tyler Robinson]
  • Blog Post: Best Practice Guidelines for Building Quality Installs: Part 1, the Basics

    This is the first in a series of Best Practice Guidelines for Building Quality Installs . Let's start with the basics of quality Windows Installer (MSI) package. Prior postings the series: Introduction . Build Components According to Component Rules To ensure that the installation or removal of...
  • Blog Post: Best Practice Guidelines for Building Quality Installs: Part 0, the Introduction

    With the start of the Profesional Developers Conference 2005 , the Windows Installer Team is starting a series of Best Practice Guidelines for Building Quality Installs . Windows Installer (MSI) is a rich engine with many features to solve installation problems including an extensibility feature called...
  • Blog Post: How do I get a deep view of what Windows Installer is doing?

    Question How do I get a deep view of what Windows Installer is doing? Answer One of the comments I got from the PDC was that the SDK documentation and commercial tools lacked sufficient depth if one really wanted to figure out what was going on. Verbose logging helps but what's happening in between...
  • Blog Post: How do I find all the Windows Installer packages installed on my machine?

    Question How do I find all the Windows Installer packages installed on my machine? Answer Here’s the APIs and the Properties one would need MsiEnumProducts(DWORD,LPTSTR) function [Windows Installer] MsiEnumProductsEx (8 Parameters) function [Windows Installer] ProductCode Property MsiGetProductInfoEx...
  • Blog Post: Catch our session at Microsoft PDC 2005!

    Hello everyone, Just a reminder that Tyler Robinson and Jamie Cool will be speaking about software installation on Windows Vista and what cool new features we have in store for the next release of the Windows Installer here at the PDC. FUN222 - What's New in Software Installation on Windows Vista...
  • Blog Post: Live from PDC 2005! No power, no problem ;^)

    Rob and I had an uneventful Alaska Air flight from SeaTac to LAX. We've picked up car from Avis (well, a minivan) and then were off to the Biltmore. Dropped our bags, walked a dozen L.A. blocks to the Conference Center and grabbed a quick lunch. As we were finishing up, pow, the lights went out ....
  • Blog Post: Tyler and Robert on their way to PDC 2005

    Los Angeles here we come! Tyler's speaking at FUN222 - Windows Vista: What’s New in Software Installation for Windows Vista: Exploring the Windows Installer (MSI) and ClickOnce Options in room 406 AB on Friday the 16th at 1pm . Robert's signed up to co-own the Fundamentals Track Lounge where: speakers...
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