Tag: WiX

How to add custom dialogs in WiX installers

How to add custom dialogs in WiX installers

The WiX toolset provides a number of built-in dialogs that should be adequate for most installers. If, however, you need more flexibility when it comes to your MSI installer’s user interface, WiX provides the ability to build a custom UI of your setup project. In this article, we’ll build a […]

How to create WiX custom actions

How to create WiX custom actions

The WiX Toolset provides a number of standard actions that are sufficient for most installers. If, however, you need more flexibility over the installation process the WiX toolset provides custom actions. In this example, we’ll write a simple custom action that will prompt the user to enter their product registration […]

How to implement a WiX installer upgrade

How to implement a WiX installer upgrade

So by now, I hope we all know and have come to accept the fact that Visual Studio setup projects are a thing of the past and that we’ve all become comfortable with using the WiX toolset to build our Windows Installers. But, building a WiX setup project is one […]

Introducing Designer for Visual Studio WiX Setup Projects

Introducing Designer for Visual Studio WiX Setup Projects

I’m sure by now you are all aware that Microsoft removed all Visual Studio Installer project types with the release of Visual Studio 2012. A suggested alternative to creating setup files was to use the very powerful and flexible WiX toolset. The one big problem, with switching over to WiX […]

Converting a .vdproj to WiX in Visual Studio 2012, 2010, 2008

Converting a .vdproj to WiX in Visual Studio 2012, 2010, 2008

I’m sure you’re all aware of the fact that, from Visual Studio 2012, that Visual Studio Setup projects (.vdproj) is a thing of the past. This news has been met with shock, horror and disappointment, but luckily all is not lost. As I’ve mentioned in a previous article Creating a […]

Creating WiX installation projects for VSTO-based Office add-ins

Creating WiX installation projects for VSTO-based Office add-ins

In the last two articles, I’ve shown you how to create a WiX installer for Add-in Express based add-ons from scratch and how to convert your existing setup projects to WiX. In this blog, I’ll show you how to create a WiX installer for Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) […]

How to convert your Visual Studio setup project (vdproj) to WiX

How to convert your Visual Studio setup project (vdproj) to WiX

In my last article I’ve shown you how to create a new WiX installer project. But, what if you already invested a good amount of time in creating a Visual Studio setup project? You could always create the setup project from scratch, but there has to be an easier way. […]

Creating WiX Installer for Office add-ins on VS 2012 using Add-in Express for Office and .net 7.0

Creating WiX Installer for Office add-ins on VS 2012 using Add-in Express for Office and .net 7.0

f you’ve switched to Visual Studio 2012, you might have noticed that Microsoft has sneakily removed all Visual Studio Installer project types. Instead of the usual Setup Project, Setup Wizard, CAB Project and Merge Module Project templates, the only option we now have is to use the limited edition of […]