In earlier versions of Windows, it might have been necessary to re-register the Windows Installer files in the registry (an example) if those files became damaged or corrupt. Beginning Windows Vista, damaged system files needed by Windows Installer can be repaired automatically.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
The first three years of the Hey, Scripting Guy! column (give or take a month) gathered together in one fully-searchable archive. This HTML help file includes all the text, graphics, and hyperlinks for well over 800 Hey, Scripting Guy! columns.
This download is available to customers running genuine Microsoft Windows
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
View the Windows PowerShell 2.0 help (including cmdlet help and the About topics) in a fully-searchable, graphical format (a standard Windows .chm file). Also included in the help file is the VBScript to Windows PowerShell Conversion Guide and a collection of PowerShell Tips of the Week.
This documentation contains information about the version of WiX distributed with Visual Studio Team System code name "Rosario" November CTP. It contains information about:
• What WiX is
• Using WiX on the command line
• Using WiX in Visual Studio
• WiX Schema Reference
• Advanced WiX Usage such as patch building, custom actions, and extensions
• Additional help links and resources
Monday, September 3, 2007
Application Verifier is a runtime verification tool for unmanaged code that assists in quickly finding subtle programming errors that can be extremely difficult to identify with normal application testing.
Friday, August 31, 2007
The following articles were created/updated throughout August 2007 for InstallShield Related Products - categorized based on section -
- COM Extraction Fails on Systems Older than Windows XP SP1
- COM Extraction Causes System Corruption during Uninstall
- Unparsed Records in SdFilesInUse and SdRMFilesInUse Dialogs
- Licensing Hotfix for InstallShield 2008 Premier and Professional Editions
- Workflow Manager 4.04 Now Available
- Expected Behavior of Response Transform Wizard
- Updated iPlugin.dll for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
- InstallShield 2008 Express Edition Release Notes
- Known Issues in InstallShield 2008 Express Edition
- Migrating Projects to InstallShield 2008 Express Edition
Reference: InstallShield Support
Friday, August 24, 2007
This release of Windows Script brings the improvements in scripting made during the Vista development cycle to downlevel platforms. The primary reason for changing the version number from 5.6 to 5.7 is to simplify servicing and support by synchronizing the versioning to a consistent scheme based on Vista build number. The minor version increase does not indicate significant new features. The scripting feature set is substantially the same as 5.6, with only minor additions. This is the fastest, most robust, and secure release of Windows Script available.
Improvements have been made with JScript, VBScript & Windows Scripting Host. This release also contains fixes prescribed in various Microsoft KB Articles. For complete details, download the Release Notes for Windows Script 5.7
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
The following articles were created/updated throughout July 2007 for InstallShield Related Products - categorized based on section -
- AdminStudio Phase Shows 100% Complete, but Workflow Does Not Progress
- Support Files Not Available in OnBegin Event
- AdminStudio Workflow Phase Never Reaches 100%
- Error 1001 Occurs at Run Time
- Uninstall of Developer Causes Build Errors in Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
- Error -1628 Occurs on 64-bit Machines
- Error when Adding Package via Citrix Installation Manager and Transform is Specified
- Error when Adding Package via Citrix Installation Manager and Transform is Specified
- Installing AdminStudio 8.5 on a non-English OS Causes Error -1609
- OS Conditions in DIM Files May Evaluate Incorrectly
- 'Program Compatibility' Dialog on Windows Vista Appears During .NET 1.1 Installation
Sunday, July 29, 2007
|What:||MSDN Webcast: Windows PowerShell and Microsoft Management Console (Level 200)|
In this labcast, learn about two powerful management technologies that encompass both the command line and graphical user interface (GUI). Windows PowerShell is the new command shell and scripting language from Microsoft that helps IT professionals and developers achieve greater productivity. Join this session to write cmdlets for Windows PowerShell that enable an operator to retrieve workflow data from the workflow tracking system. In addition, you build a snap-in for the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) version 3.0 using managed code. MMC 3.0 has greatly improved the managed code model for building management consoles or your applications and services. This lab is based on the DinnerNow sample scenario. Presenter: Matt Hester, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
|When:||Thursday, August 2, 2007 9:00 AM|
Time Displayed: Pacific Time (US & Canada) [Convert to Your Local Time]
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
|What:||Windows Vista Migration Webcast Series - Part Six: Personality Captures|
How will you Migrate to Windows Vista? Migrating to Windows Vista is not a question of when, but how. Whether you plan to deploy Vista as a mass migration project or gradually as new PCs are deployed, OS migration can be intimidating for any IT manager. But with Altiris, now part of Symantec, you can easily manage the mysteries of Vista migration. Join us for part six of a seven part webcast series on Vista migration featuring Windows expert Nelson Ruest. Nelson works for Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. as a Senior Enterprise IT Architect and has over 20 years' experience in migration planning and network, PC, and server infrastructure design. He has been working on deployments since Windows 3.1 and so far, has assisted over 500,000 users with their migrations. Nelson is the co-author of the eBook: The Definitive Guide to Vista Migration. In this one hour, complimentary webcast on Wednesday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m. EDT (16:00 GMT, Europe), you'll learn how to successfully tackle the complex task of Vista migration through planning and best practices and how an Altiris integrated solution will help ease your migration plan. The following topics will be discussed: * Personality Capture Considerations - Profile Types & Choosing which Profiles to Protect * Working with Personality Captures * Alternative Strategies for Profile Migrations * Finalize the Personality Protection Strategy * Benefits of Migrating with Altiris
|When:||Wednesday, July 25, 2007 11:00 AM|
PRESENTER: Nelson Ruest, Windows expert and co-author of The Definitive Guide to Vista Migration
Time Displayed: EST (US & Canada) [Convert to Your Local Time]
Sunday, July 22, 2007
When building a DIM reference into an InstallShield project, you may see that OS Conditions evaluate the 'Greater Than' conditional statement as 'Equals'.
Applies to Product(s):
- InstallShield 2008 Premier
- InstallShield 2008 Professional
Project Type: Windows Installer, InstallScript MSI
Per InstallShield Support, this is due to an issue present in InstallShield's DIM Import module.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Windows Script is a comprehensive scripting infrastructure for the Microsoft Windows platform. Windows Script provides two script engines, Visual Basic Scripting Edition and Microsoft JScript, which can be embedded into Windows Applications. It also provides an extensive array of supporting technologies that makes it easier for script users to script Windows applications. Learn more...
The download of Windows Script 5.6 for Windows XP and Windows 2000 installs Microsoft Windows Script containing Visual Basic Script Edition (VBScript.) Version 5.6, JScript Version 5.6, Windows Script Components, Windows Script Host 5.6, and Windows Script Runtime Version 5.6. A detailed documentation can also be downloaded from Windows Script 5.6 Documentation
System Administrators and/or Software Packagers/Engineers often require usage of Windows Scripting Technology and it's sub-sets for smoother application package authoring and/or deployments.
- AdminStudio 8.5 prevents DLL conflicts with Citrix virtualization support
- AdminStudio wins two 2007 Redmond Readers' Choice Awards
- Tip: Setting isolation options for Citrix virtual profiles
- Save time by indentifying which applications to repacakge for Windows Vista
- AdminStudio training special: Sign up with co-workers and save!
New Knowledge Base Articles Added Include:
- HOWTO: Troubleshooting Major Upgrades
- INFO: Changing the IP Address of the Workflow Manager Application Site
- HOWTO: Configuring Job Manager to Run as a Service
Visit the July 2007 AdminLetter for links & details.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
|What:||TechNet Webcast: Application Compatibility Considerations with Windows Vista (Level 200)|
In this webcast, we focus on application compatibility issues that you may encounter when upgrading to the Windows Vista operating system, and we show you how to address them. We start the session by explaining User Account Control (UAC), which helps reduce the exposure and attack surface of the operating system by requiring that all users run in standard user mode . Although UAC provides many benefits, some applications may be affected by its implementation. We discuss these possible areas of incompatibility and look at how to resolve any problems that may arise. We also cover other areas of possible application compatibility issues, such as the new networking features. Finally, we introduce some of the helpful tools Microsoft provides to assist with application compatibility with Windows Vista. Presenter: Blain Barton, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
|When:||Wednesday, July 18, 2007 9:30 AM|
Time Displayed - Pacific Time (US & Canada) [Convert to Your Local Time]
Beginning with AdminStudio 8.5, the standalone Repackager is available on the installation DVD in the Tools folder entitled "StandaloneRepackager.exe".
More Information & Download
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
This is caused by a bug present in AdminStudio 6.0 with or without Value Pack 1.
Download the HOTFIX (islc.exe) & Steps for Resolution
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Usually the exact error message is:
Error 2755: Server returned unexpected error.
Error 1639 is a system return code indicating that Windows Installer received an invalid command line argument.
Project Type: Windows Installer, InstallScript MSI
Possible CAUSE & RESOLUTIONS
Sunday, July 8, 2007
This article applies to the following:
- InstallShield X Premier, InstallShield 10.5 Premier, InstallShield 11 Premier
- InstallShield X Professional, InstallShield 10.5 Professional, InstallShield 11 Professional
- MultiPlatform 4.x, MultiPlatform 5.x, FLEXnet InstallShield MultiPlatform 11.5
Project Type: Universal Installer
Operating System(s): Windows 95/98, Windows NT, Solaris (SPARC), MAC OS, Linux, MAC OS X, AIX, Windows 2000/XP, All Windows, Windows Vista
What does this mean and how to troubleshoot?
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Since I was introduced to WiseScript, I have to say, it's grown on me more and more. WiseScript is a quick and easy to use tool that can bring customized control to how your SVS applications perform.
In this example, author creates a "Post Activation" event for an SVS package using WiseScript to display an End User License Agreement (EULA) and to set a registry key with its acceptance for the currently logged on user.
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News Source: http://juice.altiris.com
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
The draft white paper "Agility Trends in Package Software" is posted at Microsoft Connect. The draft is a part of the information offered to the tools vendors on the Live Meeting call last month, Robert Flaming expands.
A complete set of Windows Installer 4.5 beta documents are expected to be available on July, Binary Download of the product to be available on August 07.
Sign-Up for Beta Nominations
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Windows SteadyState runs on genuine copies of Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.
Download & More Details
Friday, June 15, 2007
It appears a new version of Windows Installer 4.1 is on the horizon. On May 04, Windows Installer Team at Microsoft posted Invitation to Windows Installer Tools Vendors for a Live Meeting Event at their blog web site saying, "At this event we'll discuss the next step for the Windows Installer so you can consider the fit to your plans". Couple of days ago at MSDN pages for Windows Installer, I found the following:
Windows Installer 4.1 updates Windows Installer 4.0 without adding any new features and is available in Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008. [Link]
So when can we expect the new version of Windows Installer 4.1 to be available (also obviously as a redistributable upgrade to current Windows Installer 4.0 on Vista)? Microsoft hasn't issued a press release with that pronouncement. Instead, it notified its Technology Adoption Partner testers of it via an e-mail regarding the imminent start of the Vista SP1 testing program where they mention:
The Technology Adoption Program (TAP) is looking for customers and partners actively test and provide feedback on Windows Vista SP1 to help us prepare for its release in the second half of CY07.
There will definitely be sessions as like Webcasts, blogs, documentation's etc from Windows Installer Team at Microsoft about the new release, I will keep them posted as soon as I find more details. For now, either subscribe for RSS feeds or bookmark this site.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
- 1. Windows Installer custom action code must be compatible with Data Execution Prevention in Windows Vista
- 2. Notification message when you remove or repair a program in Windows Vista: "An unidentified program wants to access your computer"
- These articles were discussed earlier by Windows Installer Team as future candidates to be included at Microsoft Knowledge Base. As the team explains, a future scheduled to be published Knowledge Base article titled "ElevationShield will not show during maintenance mode on a Windows Installer native UI PushButton control" is already on it's queue.