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InstallSite Newsletter 3/2004


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2004-04-16 Bugs Bulletin updated for VS6 SP6 Merge Modules
2004-04-16 VS6 SP6 Modules added to merge Modules List
2004-04-16 Windows Installer MSI 3 Chat on May 11
2004-04-16 Windows Installer Books updated
2004-04-10 Windows Installer Chat on April 13
2004-04-10 WiX added to Windows Installer Authoring Tools
2004-04-10 MaSaI Editor added to MSI Tools for System Administrators
2004-03-26 Merge Module List updated for XML Modules
2004-03-26 Stopping an NT Service (InstallScript)
2004-03-26 Bug List for DevStudio 9 InstallScript Projects updated


Windows Installer XML Toolset released

The Windows Installer Xml (WiX) toolset has been released as open source to WiX is a toolset composed of a compiler, a linker, a lib tool and a decompiler. The compiler, called candle, is used to compile XML source code into object files that contain symbols and references to symbols. The linker, called light, is fed one or more object files and links the references in the object files to the appropriate symbols in other object files. Light is also responsible for collecting all of the binaries, packaging them appropriately, and generating the final MSI or MSM file. The lib tool, called lit, is an optional tool that can be used to combine multiple object files into libraries that can be consumed by light. Finally, the decompiler, called dark, can take existing MSI and MSM files and generate XML source code that represents the package.

WiX doesn't include a GUI frontend to create the project files. Instead you should use your preferred XML editor.

The tool was created by Rob Mensching (and some other contributors). Rob is a Microsoft employee who has been working on the first version of the MSI engine and Orca. He created the tool in his free time, so - despite what you may have read in the press - this is not Microsoft going Open Source. However WiX is being used by several teams inside Microsoft to create their setups, which indicates that the MSIs it creates are production quality.

Visual Studio 6 SP6 includes some buggy merge modules

Microsoft has released Service Pack 6 for Visual Studio 6. There are also updated merge modules available for download to be used with Visual Basic 6.0 and Visual C++ 6.0. The can be downloaded from

However there are problems with some of these modules: They are missing proper component conditions and therefore try to update files that are under system file protection. This can trigger warnings during installation, and unexpected auto-repairs afterwards. A list of the affected merge modules can now be found in the Bugs Bulletin at

New Windows Installer book announced

Phil Wilson, a Microsoft "Most Valuable Professional" (MVP) for Windows Installer, has written a book called "The Definitive Guide to Windows Installer". It is expected to be published in April or May. For more information visit our Books page

Public Chat about MSI 3.0 on May 11

The Windows Installer development team will answer questions about the next version of MSI which is currently in beta and expected to be released around June. The exact time has not yet been announced but usually it's 18:00 GMT, which is equivalent to the following daylight saving times:
11:00AM Pacific Time = 2:00PM Eastern Time = 19:00 BST = 20:00 CET

VMware Workstation 4.5.1 released

VMware have released a new version of their Wokstation product that enables you to run multiple operating system versions simultaneuosly in virtual machine windows. The latest version is 4.5.1 Build 7568 and has been released on March 15. New features include:

For more details see the release notes at

Existing users of version 4.x can download the update free of charge.

Only 10 Days left on InstallShield's 50% Competitive Discount Offer

In cooperation with selected resellers InstallShield is offering a competitive upgrade. Owners of competing products (like Wise and ZeroG and others) can receive a 50% discount when switching to InstallShield DevStudio. However Visual Studio and freeware or shareware tools don't qualify for the upgrade. This offer is limited until April 30, 2004. As proof of purchase you can send a copy of the CD or boklet, or a screenshot. More details about qualifying products and conditions can be  in our Online Shop:

InstallShield Training in Europe and Australia

InstallShield AdminStudio (4 day course. English)
Apr 26-29, 2004 in Naarden (NL)
May 3-6, 2004 in Sydney (AU)
May 11-14, 2004 in London (UK)
May 17-20, 2004 in Melbourne (AU)
Jun 8-11, 2004 in Naarden (NL)
Jun 22-25, 2004 in London (UK)

MSI Projects with DevStudio (4 day course. English, French, Italian)
Apr 27-30, 2004 in Paris (FR)
Apr 27-30, 2004 in London (UK)
May 25-28, 2004 in Naarden (NL)
Jun 15-18, 2004 in Bristol (UK)
Jun 22-25, 2004 in Saronno (IT)
Jun 29-Jul 2, 2004 in Paris (FR)

InstallScript Projects with DevStudio (4 day course. English)
Jun 8-11, 2004 in London (UK)

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


Microsoft DevDays 2004 in Deutschland

Die Microsoft DevDays 2004 finden in der Zeit vom 29. April bis zum 11. Mai 2004 in sechs deutschen Städten statt. Die Regional Directors präsentieren in zwei parallelen Vortragsreihen die Themen "Applikationsentwicklung mit Visual Studio .NET 2003" und "Sichere Applikationen - Entwicklung und Einsatz". Im Vordergrund steht dabei vor allem, wie Sie effizient mehrschichtige Applikationen mit Visual Studio .NET 2003 entwickeln und den Gefahren von Außen begegnen können, welche Unterstützung Microsoft Ihnen bieten kann und wie Sie heute bereits die Weichen für das SP2 stellen können.

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InstallShield Umsteiger-Angebot endet in 10 Tagen

InstallShield hat in Zusammenarbeit mit ausgewählten Händlern eine Umsteiger-Aktion gestartet. Besitzer von Konkurrenzprodukten (z.B. Wise, ZeroG u.a.) erhalten einen Preisnachlass von 50% beim Wechsel auf InstallShield DevStudio. Visual Studio sowie Freeware- und Shareware-Produkte berechtigen allerdings nicht zum Upgrade. Die Aktion läuft bis 30. April 2004. Als Berechtigungsnachweis dient zum Beispiel eine Kopie der CD oder des Handbuchs, oder ein Screenshot. Genauere Informationen zu den berechtigten Produkten und sonstigen Bedingungen finden Sie in unserem Online-Shop:

Schulungen in Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz

InstallShield AdminStudio (4 Tage)
26.-29.04.2004 in Linz (AT)
04.-07.05.2004 in Ulm (DE)
15.-18.06.2004 in Ulm (DE)

MSI Projekte mit InstallShield DevStudio (4 Tage)
15.-18.06.2004 in Hamburg (DE)
10.-13.08.2004 in Ulm (DE)

InstallScript mit InstallShield DevStudio (4 Tage)
22.-25.06.2004 in Ulm (DE)

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

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