[wix-users] More Advanced WiX Bootstrapper UI
alasdairking at gmail.com
Fri Aug 21 05:16:58 PDT 2015
"I have a question about how people are using / expected to use the WiX
Bootstrapper, in particular with reference to the UI component. It seems to
me to be incomplete as it stands for anything beyond bundling
There isn't a bootstrapper in WiX:
The referenced setupexe/setupbld was removed a couple of versions
back, and that was ONLY a bootstrapper - install pre-reqs, run MSI
I write bootstrappers in VB6 because I don't know enough C++ and VB6
doesn't have any dependencies so I know it will definitely run. They
then launch MSIs built with WiX. This is particularly important
because WiX has complete translations for the de-facto Windows
Installer dialogs in many languages, saving me much work. And the UI
looks like users expect from an installer, so that's great.
I would characterise the situation as "Use WiX for building your MSIs,
because it's incredibly good at that: use something else for
bootstrapping, because Burn is not a bootstrapper".
However, you might find the "WiX Extended Bootstrapper Application"
does what you need, since it adds lots of the UI features that you
want to Burn: I tried it out, and it looked plausible, but I was still
spending more time wrestling with Burn than it would take to do a
I'd be very interested to hear other thoughts: I'm sure Burn is the
same high quality as the rest of the WiX system, but it's never made
sense to me, so I'd love to see anything on using it.
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