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Merge Modules are a new feature provided by the Windows Installer MSI technology which enables the encapsulation of a component or set of related components and their resources, and the subsequent "merging" of this module with install packages ...
Article by R-Vijay | 16 Nov 2007 | 0 comments
Microsoft introduced the Program Compatibility Assistant (PCA) in Vista. PCA replaces the Program Compatibility wizard in the Help and Support as well as in the Compatibility tab of an executable's file properties in Windows XP. PCA is designed to ...
Article by R-Vijay | 15 Nov 2007 | 1 comment
Self-healing is the ability of Windows Installer to detect and repair any critical resources that are required for the user to successfully launch and use the application. Every resource of a package is not checked during self-healing. Because ...
Article by R-Vijay | 14 Nov 2007 | 5 comments
This tip will (hopefully) shine some light on the concept of performing a "Gap Capture". Let's start with a simple equation: GAP CAPTURE = SOURCE APPLICATION - CAPTURED MSI. So, basically, a Gap Capture is the difference between ...
Blog Entry by R-Vijay | 13 Nov 2007 | 5 comments
If a file that should have been removed from the user's computer remains installed after running an uninstall, the installer may not be removing the component containing the file for one or more of the following reasons: The ...
Blog Entry by R-Vijay | 12 Nov 2007 | 7 comments
Application packaging is a process of binding the relevant files and components to build a customized application for a customer. Using tools like Wise Package Studio and Install Shield we carry out the whole process of packaging. In this article we ...
Article by R-Vijay | 09 Nov 2007 | 3 comments
Files in Use and Restart manager are two big features of Windows Installer 4. These features provide excellent support to MSI packagers when customizing an application which needs a restart for optimal functionality. Files in Use: Files-In-Use ...
Blog Entry by R-Vijay | 09 Nov 2007 | 0 comments
While packaging a .NET application, Identifying where the assemblies reside will purely depend on the usage of an assembly. This article will be useful in identifying where an assembly should reside. Further, it will give a brief understanding of ...
Article by R-Vijay | 09 Nov 2007 | 0 comments
A shim, in the software world, is a thin piece of code we wedge between Windows and an application to solve compatibility problems. The following are some specific examples of Microsoft's ACT (Application Compatibility Toolkit) Shims and where they ...
Article by R-Vijay | 07 Nov 2007 | 0 comments
When a vendor MSI installation fails on deployment, many a times it may be because of the Custom action present in it. Here are some steps to take if you suspect your failure is related to such an action. Generate the MSI log and search for RETURN ...
Blog Entry by R-Vijay | 07 Nov 2007 | 0 comments