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WiseUser | 20 Mar 2009 | 1 comment

If an application contains the odbc driver settings, use Retain Registry information as is in setup capture settings. If we capture the driver details as odbc drivers in Wise it will throw an installation error, to overcome this issue capture everything in registry as is and delete the odbc driver entry from odbc section in Wise.

rbrucelee1978 | 19 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

I have noticed that most of the links to sites "designed to help beginners" generally talk about how to create msi's, how to modify these packages or even how to fix some ICE errors. However, these sites do not give beginners any information on very important basic concepts such as Self Healing, Installation Sequences, how to read the logs generated on installation of the msi. These "basic" concepts can help beginners understand things like how these ICE errors occur or say in the even of a failed msi installation where to look in the package based on the information given by the verbose log file.

This site (written by John McFadyen) will provide detailed information on these concepts Windows Installer Blog.

Happy reading!! :-)

WiseUser | 17 Mar 2009 | 3 comments

Use Kill Process before installing and Uninstalling any application over an upgrade

Some applications wont upgrade properly when the old version executable is still running , to overcome this issue we can use taskkill utility to kill the executable which is running and then try installing the new version, samething implies for uninstallation of the application . We can include this kill logic in the package using a custom action .

EX : Taskkill.exe /F /IM adobereader.exe

WiseUser | 09 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

MSI logging can be expanded beyond installs and uninstalls.  It can also record any MSI action, such as repairs or self-heals.  Setting up a system policy to enable MSI logging can do this.   Since policies are presented locally as registry entries, use these steps to do it:

1. Launch Regedit and navigate to HKLM \Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Installer.
2. Create a REG_SZ value named Logging.
3. Set the data to voicewarmup
4. Done.

WiseUser | 09 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

Special characters in many cases are reserved in an install, and getting them to display or write to a destination computer requires some extra steps.

Using a property:

This is handy when working with large special characters,

1. Create a property that stores the special characters to be used. In the installation reference the property value rather than the special characters,

Special characters may be ~`!@#$%^&*()_+=-{}|\:";'<>,.?/[]

Eg: VARSPECIAL=@computername&#

WiseUser | 09 Mar 2009 | 1 comment

Removing files is done when a package needs to clean up items a prior package left behind, such as deleting a Bloom.ini file from an earlier release. 

Follow these steps to have a package remove a file :

1. Launch Wise, open the appropriate WSI or application MST and go into the Setup Editor
2. Switch to the Tables tab
3. Go to the RemoveFile table and create a new row
4. For FileKey enter the name of the file
5. For Component select any from the drop-down list
6. For FileName enter the name of the file once again
7. For DirProperty, switch to the Directory table and note the appropriate INSTALLDIR property corresponding to the location of this file




WiseUser | 05 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

Component errors can happen from time-to-time, especially with setup captures. We need to know to look for them.  Here’s how to check an install for a component error:

1. Launch Wise and go into the Setup Editor

2. Switch to the Components tab

3. Any components with errors will be displayed in Red

4. Right-click on the component name and select Show Errors

5. Use the information displayed to correct the component errors

CStoneRun | 26 Feb 2009 | 2 comments

I've spent days trying to sort out a silent uninstallation of a pices of software packaged with Wise installer. I can't find a way to make it run silently and not reboot. I've used /s /S /U /a /A  and I've added a comment to the unwise.ini file. nothing I do prevents this from rebooting suddenly upon uninstall. Can nayone help me please?

Thank you

R-Vijay | 13 Feb 2009 | 1 comment

Windows Installer version 5.0 is included in Windows 7 Beta. The MSDN documentation section has been updated accordingly and available for online viewing. The most significant properties being.


This property can be used to reduce the time required to install a large Windows Installer package. The property can be set on the command line or in the Property table to configure operations that the user or developer determines are non-essential for the installation. The value of the MSIFASTINSTALL property can be a combination of the following values.

Value Meaning
0 Default value
1 No system restore point is saved for this installation.
2 Perform only File Costing and skip checking other costs...
Lokeshji | 13 Feb 2009 | 1 comment

"7 Reasons Why your Installations May Fail on Windows Vista (And How You Can Fix Them)" is an article outlining the top reasons why the author sees failures of Windows Installer (MSI) packages on Vista

Windows Installer is not just a technology but also a set of rules and best practices. While these rules have been specified in the SDK for several years, many of them haven't been enforced. While ignoring these rules didn't break your setups in the past, installations that don't follow best practices may eventually fail on Windows Vista. This article alerts you to the most common pitfalls in setup authoring and helps you troubleshoot your installations to be compatible with Windows Vista.

Read it here:...