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InstallSite Newsletter 1/2003

NEWS FROM INSTALLSITE.ORG --- February 17, 2003


2003-02-15 Bugs Bulletin updated for MSDE Merge Modules
2003-02-12 Windows Installer Tools for System Administrators updated
2003-02-12 Deployable Packages for Windows Installer updated
2003-02-05 Bugs Bulletin updated for MSDE Merge Modules
2003-02-01 Deployable Packages for Windows Installer
2003-02-01 Bugs Bulletin updated for MSI Engine
2003-01-25 Write Auto-Updating Apps with .NET and the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) API
2003-01-24 Clone Time Stamp
2003-01-24 Windows Installer Authoring Tools for Developers updated
2003-01-12 List SQL Servers InstallScript updated
2003-01-12 String Table Checker for ISPro updated
2003-01-06 Windows Installer Chats and WebCasts updated
2003-01-03 Bugs Bulletin updated for ISPro 7
2002-12-22 Windows Installer Authoring Tools for Developers updated
2002-12-17 Windows Installer Authoring Tools for Developers updated
2002-12-05 LaunchAppEx updated


MSDE 2000 SP3 Installation and Update Hints

After the SQLSlammer outbreak Microsoft has rushed out Service Pack 3 for MSDE 2000. In case of the full SQL Server the server administrator is responsible for installing the latest service packs and security fixes. But if your software installs MSDE 2000, it is your task to distribute the update to your customers. End users will typically not be able to install the update, and may not even be aware of the danger they are in.
InstallSite has collected information about the availability of the service pack and additional tools, and a list of tips for using and installing the update. This information is updated frequently at

Value Pack 2 for InstallShield AdminStudio

InstallShield has released a second value pack as free update for AdminStudio users. Double-Byte Character Support has been added for repackaging localized legacy applications. During Conversion, the Legacy Conversion Wizard will use the language codepage of the Operating System that the application was repackaged under. The matching language pack must be installed to have a localized UI in the built MSI package. For the Professional edition the value pack also adds a new Bulk Import feature that allows you to import multiple Windows Installer (MSI) packages, and associated transforms from the command line, or scripted INI file. This allows for scheduled rebuilding or additions to the ConflictSolver database. In addition, some bugs have been fixed. For details see the release notes. To obtain the value pack select Check for Updates from the Help menu.

Service Pack 1 and Hotfix for InstallShield Professional 7

InstallShield has released an update for Professional 7.0. Besides bugs fixes this service pack significantly improves single exe (self extracting) media, media encryption and password protection. It even includes a password dialog. The service pack includes the previously released hotfix and updated Windows CE object. It is available free of charge for users of Professional 7.0x. To obtain the new version select "Check for Updates" from the Online menu. For more details see the release notes.
After installing Service Pack 1 for InstallShield Professional 7.0, ISPIde.exe may crash during conversion of projects created with versions 5.x or 6.x. InstallShield has now published a hotfix to solve this problem. The bug was introduced with SP1, so users of Professional 7.00 without service pack are not affected by the problem. The hotfix can be downloaded by selecting Check for Updates from the Online menu, or from knowledge base article Q107893.

RTPatch Pro 7 Released

PocketSoft released a new version of their patching tool that supports both Windows Installer (MSI) as well as legacy setups. Based on more than 10 years of experience RTPatch Pro 7 adds value to Windows Installer technology by replacing Microsoft's MSI 2.0 patch creation engine with Pocket Soft's proprietary RTPatch BUILD engine. RTPatch Pro 7 is fully compatible with Windows Installer as it produces .MSP files. For more information visit the Pocket Soft homepage and read their FAQ about Windows Installer and RTPatch.

InstallShield Training in Europe and Australia

InstallShield is extending their training offerings in Europe and Australia:

InstallShield AdminStudio (5 day workshop. English)
Apr 28 - May 2, 2003 in Naarden (NL)

InstallShield Developer (4 day course. English, French, Italian)
Mar 4 - Mar 7, 2003 in Saronno (IT)
Mar 11 - Mar 14, 2003 in Naarden (NL)
Mar 18 - Mar 21, 2003 in London (UK)
Mar 25 - Mar 28, 2003 in Sydney (AUS)
Mar 25 - Mar 28, 2003 in Paris (FR)
May 6 - May 9, 2003 in Bristol (UK)
Jun 3 - Jun 6, 2003 in Saronno (IT)
Jun 10 - Jun 13, 2003 in Paris (FR)
Jun 17 - Jun 20, 2003 in Naarden (NL)

InstallShield Professional (4 day course. English, French)
Mar 25 - Mar 28, 2003 in London (UK)
May 6 - May 9, 2003 in Naarden (NL)
May 13 - May 16, 2003 in Bristol (UK)
May 20 - May 23, 2003 in Paris (FR)

Making Sense of Windows Installer (1 day seminar. English, French)
Mar 3, 2003 in Saronno (IT)
Mar 17, 2003 in London (UK)
Mar 24, 2003 in Sydney (AUS)
May 5, 2003 in Bristol (UK)
Jun 2, 2003 in Saronno (IT)
Jun 9, 2003 in Paris (FR)
Jun 16, 2003 in Naarden (NL)

Repackaging and Windows Installer Essentials for System Administrators (1 day seminar. English, French)
Mar 10, 2003 in London (UK)
Mar 12, 2003 in Paris (FR)
Mar 17, 2003 in Naarden (NL)
Mar 19, 2003 in Copenhagen (DK)

Courses in Germany and Austria see below. For details about these courses and booking information go to


Deutsches Windows Installer Buch verzögert sich

Die Fertigstellung des Buches "Erste Schritte mit InstallShield Developer und Windows Installer Setups" von Bob Baker verzögert sich. Nach aktuellen Informationen soll das Buch im März in Druck gehen. Es wäre dann ab Ende März oder Anfang April lieferbar. Aktuelle Informationen finden Sie unter oder schreiben Sie an

InstallShield Schulungen in Deutschland

Die Schulungsangebote für InstallShield Software wurden ausgeweitet:

InstallShield Developer (4 Tage, deutsch)
18.-21.03.2003 in Hamburg (DE)
08.-11.04.2003 in Ulm (DE)
20.-23.05.2003 in Ulm (DE)
24.-27.06.2003 in Hamburg (DE)

InstallShield Professional (4 Tage, deutsch)
18.-21.03.2003 in Linz (AT)
01.-04.04.2003 in Ulm (DE)
13.-16.05.2003 in Ulm (DE)
03.-06.06.2003 in Linz (AT)

InstallShield AdminStudio (4 Tage, deutsch)
11.-14.03.2003 in Linz (AT)
25.-28.03.2003 in Ulm (DE)
06.-09.05.2003 in Ulm (DE)
24.-27.06.2003 in Ulm (DE)

Repackaging and Windows Installer Essentials for System Administrators (1 Tag, englisch)
14.03.2003 in Frankfurt (DE)

Windows Installer Einführung (1 Tag, deutsch)
07.04.2003 in Ulm (DE)
23.06.2003 in Hamburg (DE)

Informationen zu Terminen, verfügbaren Plätzen, Gruppenrabatten, Schulungsunterlagen und Buchungsmöglichkeit finden Sie unter

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