[wix-users] User-based choice of install scope via bootstrap bundle

Blaine Wheeler blainekw at gmail.com
Fri Jan 25 20:08:16 PST 2019

The challenge isn't at the initial installation it is when you need to do
an update and the user can't remember the install scope or when a different
user tries to apply an update or remove the app.  If possible installing
per machine is easiest for maintenance.

In the end the question is who you audience is and what OS you aim at.

On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 11:27 AM Dominique Fuchs via wix-users <
wix-users at lists.wixtoolset.org> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> I‘m actually struggling while trying to figure out the possibilities to
> let the user decide at runtime wether to install per-user or per-machine. I
> have a burn bundle containing my msi siftware package and some prep-steps,
> but afaik you are only able to define the scope at build time within the
> package definitions.
> I‘m wondering ‚how the others do it‘. The general init-dialog asking hiw
> to install is pretty common these days. I obly found a statement saying
> this isn‘t possible with WiX (see
> http://windows-installer-xml-wix-toolset.687559.n2.nabble.com/Bundle-amp-per-user-or-per-machine-td7579453.html),
> however this entry is over 6 years old... Is this still the case?
> If it‘s really impossible I would be thankful if someone can give a hint
> to some best practices on how to achieve that without completely
> bootstrapping with own code projects.
> Thanks a lot,
> Dominique
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