[wix-users] Alternative to WiX Patch

Joseph L. Casale jcasale at activenetwerx.com
Mon Nov 27 07:47:31 PST 2017

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From: wix-users [mailto:wix-users-bounces at lists.wixtoolset.org] On Behalf
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Subject: [wix-users] Alternative to WiX Patch

> I have an MSI, which adds a registry key, installs and starts some
> services, installs a file and so on. Now, there is a requirement to update
> one file and add a new file. I know we can create a Patch by creating a
> difference / transform. But in my second MSI, I only want to include these
> 2 files (the updated one and the new one) and not the other files, probably
> like a HotFix. I don't want to create a Patch. I did try to create a
> separate MSI but with the same UpgradeCode but with a different Product
> ID
> and a different version. But this creates a new entry in Programs and
> Features. Also, while uninstalling this new MSI, it does rollback the new
> file, but it doesn't rollback the modified file (this file was originally
> created by the first MSI and modified by the second one). At least if it is
> able to rollback and restore the state during uninstallation, it would have
> been great. But it is not rolling back the modified file properly.Has
> anyone come across this scenario? If so, have you been able to find a
> solution without a Patch? Please help.

If you don't want to create a patch, then increment the version of your app
and redeploy the entire thing. Unless the package is large, who cares? Be done
with the problem and move onto something worth your time:)

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