(Re-)Start Me Up ...

As I mentioned in a recent post, I’m currently working on a Windows Vista workshop. As part of that, I’ve created a simple application that demonstrates the basic interaction of the Windows Installer with Vista’s new Restart Manager (RM). I thought I’d post some information on how easy this was to do, which you might…

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How to Interpret Windows Installer Logs

[Updated: 4 April 2007] If you have a problem with the Windows Installer or an MSI package you’re installing, it’s a sure bet that you will be told by some smart person to "enable logging". That’s great advice, except … what do you do with the log once you get it? A common technique is…

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Windows Installer Best Practices

As a first post on my shiny new blog, I thought I’d post something old! Here is a set of Installer best practice guidelines I posted last year on the Windows Installer Team blog: Tao of the Windows Installer FundamentalsPackagingDeploymentPatchingTesting and SupportSecurity ConsiderationsAs mentioned in the original posts, these were destined to be re-written as an official…

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