[wix-users] How do I handle SetupFilesCleanup and SetupFiles Extract in Wix

Shobha Dashottar Shobha_Dashottar at symantec.com
Thu Sep 1 02:38:57 PDT 2016

Thx  Tobias S

Since these are Installshield actions , I don't want to use them but then I am unable to find the Wix alternative to the SetupFilesCleanup and SetupFilesExtract.

So, before the installation, the files need to be extracted into the temp folder otherwise the installation fails as it fails to locate the support files.
Post installation the TEMP folder files need to be cleaned up. Is there no way in Wix to deal with it. Do I have to write  custom actions for this ?


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Just some comments for the above IS actions. AFAIR and based on their CA

ISSetupFilesHelper and ISSetupFilesExtract:
CAs which manage temporary files which are used only during Installation Runtime (InstallShield term: Support Files). If you use them you have to care about. For me seldom used so these CAs frequently could be ignored.
For new WiX toolsets some similar thing was added IIRC

Should be used for the Launch Application After Install Checkbox thing.
Something similar can be added in WiX.

Prevents downgrades. Similar to MajorUpgrade Element in WiX which adds similar CA infrastructure

Forces to install MSI per machine IIRC

In general IS adds some CAs by default even if not needed. IS prefix normally indicates that this is some InstallShield specific thing.


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