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[ MSI Engine | MSMs | InstallShield 12 and newer | InstallShield 11.5 | DevStudio 9.0 | IS Dev 8.0 | IS Dev 7.0 | IPWI 2.0 | ISWI 1.x | IS Pro 7.x | IS Pro 6.x | IS Pro 5.x ]

[ IS 6.3 | IPSE 6.2 | IS 6.1 | IS 6.0 ]

InstallShield Professional 6.0

Last version: 6.03 (This version has been superseded by 6.10)
Released: November 19, 1999
Download: The second edition of Maintenance Pack 3 for IS 6 (domestic and International versions) is available at http://support.installshield.com/download/is603.asp
Notes: A list of fixed bugs and open issues can be found at http://support.installshield.com/download/is6relnotes.asp

Notes on problems with MP3:

Known Problems in IS Pro 6.03

Problems that also exist in later versions of IS 6 are not listed here.

Truncated Texts in German Dialogs

Description:
On some German language message boxes and dialogs that are displayed during uninstall, some words are mis-typed:
"Dateiöschung" instead of "Dateilöschung"
"Deinstallatio" instead of "Deinstallation"
"ageschlossen" instead of "abgeschlossen"
Workarounds:
Download a patched version of _isres.dll with corrected texts and place it in your <PROGRAMFILES>\InstallShield\InstallShield Professional 6\Redistributable\Compressed Files\0007-German\Intel 32 directory.
ZIP IsresGer603.zip   Patched by Thomas Wendt
File size: 36.338 bytes   Last update: 2000-10-18
Note: A similar patch is available for IS 6.1x.
Status:
This problem exists in IS 6.0x and 6.10. InstallShield confirmed that this is a problem in IS 6.10.
FIXED in IS 6.20.
Created: 2000-04-15    Last update: 2000-10-18

SetStatusWindow Sometimes Fails

Description:
Calling SetStatusWindow(0,...) may fail with error 0x80040706 "Object Reference not set". This happens if called in the OnRebooted() handler.
Workarounds:
Call Enable(INDVFILESTATUS) before SetStatusWindow().
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS 6.01. It could not be reproduced with IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-11-06    Last update: 2000-02-03

AddFolderIcon Creates Bogus Shortcuts

Description:
After running a setup that call AddFolderIcon to create a shortcut to your application on the desktop, an additional shortcut that points to "My Computer" is created.
Cause:
This happens if SetupFolders is called after CreateRegistrySet.
Workarounds:
Be sure to call SetupFolders before CreateRegistrySet, and call CreateShellObjects in your SetupFolders function.
Status:
This problem has been reported in the newsgroups for IS 6.01. It could not be reproduced with IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-11-12    Last update: 2000-02-03

"Error installing iKernel.exe" During Debugging

Description:
After you debugged your setup once, when you try to launch the debugger a second time, you get the "Error installing iKernel.exe".
Cause:
Sometimes iKernel.exe stays in memory after you finish the debugging session.
Workarounds:
Use TaskManager to terminate the iKernel process.
Status:
This problem has been reported in the newsgroups for IS 6.01. It could not be reproduced with IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-11-16    Last update: 2000-02-03

SelectDir Returns Wrong Value

Description:
According to documentation, the SelectDir function should return 1 if successfull (or 2 if the Cancel button was clicked). However it returns 0 if the OK button is clicked.
Workarounds:
Compare result to < 0 for error, 2 for Cancel, else OK.
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS 6.01.
FIXED: Documentation corrected in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-10-30    Last update: 2000-02-01

Visual Basic EXEs Don't Register Correctly

Description:
When installing self registering executables, the EXEs are started during the self registration process, and registration sometimes fails. Mostly this affects EXEs created with VB 5 or 6, not EXEs created with VC++ 6. The same happens during uninstallation.
Cause:
InstallShield 6 calls these EXEs with the "-regserver" command line to initiate the self registration process. But the affected EXEs do not handle this parameter correctly, they require "/REGSERVER" ("/" instead of "-"). Similarly they require "/UNREGSERVER" to unregsister, but InstallShield 6 uses "-unregserver".
Workarounds:
Remove the self-registering flag from the file group and call LaunchAppAndWait to register/unregister these files.
Status:
Microsoft's specification requires that EXEs handle both forms ("-" and "/") alike, so this is really a fault in the EXE.
FIXED: IS 6.10 uses "/REGSERVER" in addition to "-regserver".
Created: 1999-12-08    Last update: 2000-02-01

Self-Registration Not Performed After Reboot on Windows 9x

Description:
If BATCH_INSTALL = TRUE all self-registration is postponed until after the reboot. On Windows 95 and 98 setup sometimes fails to re-start after the reboot, and therefore no post-reboot actions such as self-registration take place.
Cause:
The command line that InstallShield places in the RunOnce registry key to continue with the installation after reboot tends to become very long and may include redundant switches, especially if objects are used. Therefore it may exceed the maximum length of command lines in Windows 9x. By default the command line limit is 127 characters, but it is possible to increase it to 250 characters by modifying the config.sys (shell=c:\windows\command.com /u:250 /p).
Workarounds:
Edit the RunOnce key to use short (8.3 style) path and file names and remove redundant switches.
Status:
This problem is has been reported in the newsgroups for IS 6.03.
FIXED: IS 6.10 uses short paths names in the RunOnce key.
Created: 1999-12-20    Last update: 2000-02-01

IDE Registry Editor Creates Undesirable Default Values

Description:
For every registry key you add on the Resources Pane, a (Default) entry is created. While this is okay, there shouldn't be a value for this entry unless you specify one. But IS6 assigns an empty string "" value to this entry. You can see the difference in Registry Editor: You get a value of "" where "(Value not set)" should be. This can cause several problems:
When installing BDE it results in an Exception error in bdeadmin.exe.
When installing the ODBC 3.51 object the ODBC Administrator in control panel does not list any drivers.
Workarounds:
Use the RegDBCreateKeyValueEx() function instead.
Here is a script that removes these unwanted "" entries from a branch in registry:
ZIP RegDBCopyKeyEx.zip   Written by Asaf Vishna
File size: 1.902 bytes   Last update: 11/04/1999
Status:
This problem is reproducible in IS6.01.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-11-04    Last update: 2000-02-01

Command Line Media Builder Crashes at the End of Build

Description:
When you build your media from the command line with ISBUILD.EXE you receive the error message "ISBUILD caused an invalid page fault in module MFC42.dll". This happens only if your setup includes objects and only on Windows 95 and 98.
Workarounds:
There are a few options:
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS 6.03.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-12-18    Last update: 2000-02-01

Media Build Fails with Error 132: "The system cannot find the path specified."

Description:
ISBuild.exe doesn't work with relative paths that start with a backslash.
This will fail:
ISbuild -p"\MyInst~1\TEST" -m"Default"
This will work:
ISbuild -p"c:\MyInst~1\TEST" -m"Default"
Workarounds:
Include the drive letter in the path.
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS 6.03.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-12-10    Last update: 2000-02-01

String Table Entries Missing on Windows 98

Description:
When running your setup on Windows 98 error messages are displayed that the string table entries for PRODUCT_KEY, COMPANY_NAME etc. cannot be found. The same setup works without problems on Windows NT.
Cause:
The string table file value.shl that is extracted to the SUPPORTDIR has the read-only attribute set. This can happen if you get the InstallShield project files from a source control system.
Workarounds:
Be sure that all project files are writeable after grabbing them from the source control system.
Status:
This problem has been reported in the newsgroups for IS 6.01.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-11-12    Last update: 2000-02-01

Setup Asking for Disk 2 / Media Builder Does Not Detect Out Of Space Condition

Description:
If you are running a setup that was built for diskette media, you are prompted to insert Disk 2, although setup is running from hard disk where the files are in the Disk 2 subdirectory.
Cause:
The image that was created for Disk 1 is larger than 1.44 MB, caused by large uncompressed files on disk 1, like Setup.bmp. The media builder fails to detect this problem and report an error message, resulting in a corrupt disk image
Workarounds:
Verify the size of Disk 1 in Explorer. Reduce the files on disk 1, such as Setup.bmp.
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS6.01.
FIXED: in IS 6.10 media build will report error 129 if the setup files pane has files that can not fit on disk 1.
Created: 1999-10-16    Last update: 2000-02-01

Wrong Version of Oleaut32.dll Installed

Description:
After running a setup that includes the DAO 3.5 object you may end up with an older version of Oleaut32.dll on the target system. This happens if you also install the Jet 3.51 object. (Jet is included behind the scenes depending on what you decide to use for DAO access.)
Cause:
The DAO 3.5 and Jet 3.51 objects include different versions of Oleaut32.dll. If the file is locked, you end up with two temporary versions that are renamed on the next reboot, causing the older version to overwrite the newer. Running the setup a second time solves the problem, because you only get one temporary copy then.
Workarounds:
Updating the duplicate files in the objects you are using so they are using the same versions and the latest releases.
Status:
This problem has been reported in the newsgroups for IS 6.01.
The Access 97 object has been updated to include the latest version of Oleaut32.dll. It can be downloaded from http://support.installshield.com/download/objects.asp.
FIXED: IS 6.10 includes updated objects.
Created: 1999-11-03   Last update: 2000-02-01

MDAC Object Does Not Install on German Windows

Description:
If running a setup that includes the MDAC 2.1 object on a computer with German regional settings, mdac_typxger1.exe is copied to the target directory, but is not launched to install the German version of MDAC.
Workarounds:
None.
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS 6.03 and the current version of the MDAC object.
FIXED: IS 6.10 includes updated objects.
Created: 1999-12-20   Last update: 2000-02-01

MFC Object Requires Unexpected Reboot

Description:
Running a setup that includes the MFC 6.0 Runtime object requires a reboot, even if the target machine already has mfc42.dll and msvcrt.dll from Visual Studio 6.0 SP3 installed.
Cause:
Workarounds:
None.
Status:
This is a problem in version 1.0 of the MFC 6.0 Runtime Object.
FIXED: IS 6.10 includes updated objects.
Created: 1999-12-08    Last update: 2000-02-01

ODBC Administrator Control Panel Doesn't List Drivers

Description:
After installing the ODBC 3.51 object your drivers are not listed in the ODBC Admin control panel applet.
Cause:
InstallShield 6 creates additional registry entries.
Workarounds:
See article IDE Registry Editor Creates Undesirable Default Values below.
Status:
This problem is has been reported by several users in the newsgroups.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-12-10    Last update: 2000-02-01

Project Wizard Error: -11010 When Destination Dialog Box is Unchecked

Description:
If you create a new project with the wizard and uncheck the Destination Location dialog box, the following error message will be displayed:
Error: -11010
Category: Installation Wizard
Summary: Failed to compile default script file
Workarounds:
Leave the Destination Location dialog selected and after the Project Wizard finishes remove the SdAskDestPath section.
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS 6.01.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-11-10    Last update: 2000-02-01

Initialization Dialog Box in Wrong Language if -l Command Line Parameter is Used

Description:
If you disable the language selection dialog box and use the -l command line parameter for setup.exe to specify the setup language, the first dialog ("Setup is initializing the InstallShield wizard...") comes up in the operating system language, not the selected language.
Workarounds:
Enable the language selection dialog box. If you use the -l command line parameter, the language selection dialog box will not be shown. But enabling it makes sure that the initialization dialog uses the correct language.
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS 6.03.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-12-18    Last update: 2000-02-01

CopyFile Fails When Used With Wildcards

Description:
Calling CopyFile with a wildcard expression - e.g CopyFile("foo.*", "foo.*") - doesn't copy any files. However it works if a single file is specified with it full name - e.g. CopyFile(foo.dll", "foo.dll").
Workarounds:
Use the workaround for XCopyFile with EXCLUDE_SUBDIR.
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS 6.01.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-10-22    Last update: 2000-02-01

SetDialogTitle not working for AskText dialog

Description:
Calling SetDialogTitle(DLG_ASK_TEXT, szTitle) has no effect.
Workarounds:
Use SdShowDlgEdit1 instead or modify the resource for the AskText dialog in _isres.dll.
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS 6.03.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-11-26    Last update: 2000-02-01

FileGrep returns OTHER_FAILURE instead of END_OF_FILE

Description:
Calling FileGrep with the RESTART flag returns -1 (OTHER_FAILURE) instead of END_OF_FILE if the search string is not found in the file.
Workarounds:
Handle OTHER_FAILURE in the same way as END_OF_FILE.
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS 6.03.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-11-23    Last update: 2000-02-01

Dialogs Flash When Clicking "Next" or "Back"

Description:
During run time when you click the Next or Back button, the old dialog is removed from the screen before the new dialog is drawn. This causes a "flash" effect because the background becomes visible for a split second. It appears that Enable(DIALOGCACHE) is not working.
Workarounds:
None.
Status:
This problem is has been reported by several users in the newsgroups and is reproducible in IS 6.03.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-12-15    Last update: 2000-02-01

XCopyFile Not Updating Status Bar

Description:
XCopyFile is not updating the status bar (STATUSDLG, STATUSOLD, etc.) even after you called StatusUpdate(ON, 100).
Workarounds:
None.
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS 6.01.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-10-21    Last update: 2000-02-01

Error "Setup failed to run installation: 0x80040705" When Calling StrGetTokens

Description:
If you call StrGetTokens with a blank as delimiter (szDelimiterSet = " ") setup aborts with the message "Setup failed to run installation: 0x80040705".
Workarounds:
Write a script function to loop through the characters in the string and detect the blanks instead of using StrGetTokens.
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS 6.03.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-12-28    Last update: 2000-02-01

Invalid SRCDIR in Setups Launched With DoInstall

Description:
If you launch a child setup with DoInstall(), the child will have empty strings in the system variables SRCDIR and SRCDISK.
Workarounds:
Pass the SRCDIR to the child install as command line parameter.
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS 6.03.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 2000-01-14    Last update: 2000-02-01

DoInstall Fails to Launch Setup in Silent Mode

Description:
If you use DoInstall with the "-s" command line parameter to launch a child setup in silent mode, it fails with error code -2147213312. However launching the child setup in normal mode with empty command line string works as expected.
Workarounds:
Remove all dialogs and user interface from the child setup, or use LaunchAppAndWait to run the child setup.
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS 6.03.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 2000-01-02    Last update: 2000-02-01

Required Objects are Listed Twice and Can't be Removed

Description:
If you select an object as Required Component for another component, it is sometimes listed twice. Also you can't delete it from the list of required components.
Workarounds:
Don't select an object as required component. Instead select its parent component.
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS 6.03.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-12-08    Last update: 2000-02-01

RegDBGetKeyValueEx Only Get First String From REGDB_STRING_MULTI

Description:
If you call RegDBGetKeyValueEx to retrieve the value of a registry entry of type REGDB_STRING_MULTI only the first string (up to the first NULL character) will be returned.
Workarounds:
Directly call the RegQueryValue WinAPI, as shown in the following sample script:
ZIP RegQueryValue.zip   From newsgroup installshield.is6.general
File size: 648 bytes   Last update: 12/28/1999
Status:
InstallShield confirmed that this is a bug in IS 6.03.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-12-28    Last update: 2000-02-01

Exception Error in BDEAdmin.exe

Description:
When installing BDE (without the BDE object) you get an exception error when you run BDEAdmin.exe.
Cause:
InstallShield 6 creates additional registry entries.
Workarounds:
See article IDE Registry Editor Creates Undesirable Default Values below.
Status:
This problem is has been reported for IS 6.01.
FIXED in IS 6.10.
Created: 1999-12-10    Last update: 2000-02-01
 

 

 

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