[wix-users] Generating boot strapper files

Graham Allwood graham.allwood at live.co.uk
Mon Mar 27 02:00:04 PDT 2017

Thanks Rob.

I’m trying it out now!!

Is the idea behind the <Bundle> element that typically my applications MSI will be the last in the Chain of things to install?


From: robert_yang at agilent.com<mailto:robert_yang at agilent.com>
Sent: 24 March 2017 20:51
To: wix-users at lists.wixtoolset.org<mailto:wix-users at lists.wixtoolset.org>
Subject: Re: [wix-users] Generating boot strapper files

"if I moved to a Bundle would I have to effectively re-write the 'detection' rules for when to determine if something is already installed"

Not needed for MSI's, nor for the supported .Net versions.  For other EXE packages you may have some work to do, but it's not so bad.  And you can do things you can't using the VS bootstrapper.  No need to run the exe as Admin anymore, either.

Using the standard bootstrapper application is really not that hard.  You can use your existing MSI user interface if desired; see MsiPackage / DisplayInternalUI.

Not sure about the VS2017 bootstrapper stuff; we went to Wix bundles in 2013 and have not looked back since.


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