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

Dominique Fuchs dev at dmnq.onl
Fri Jan 25 23:58:42 PST 2019

Hi Brian and thanks für the input. 

I get your point that things can become a mess in such situations where you‘re not checki g for existing installation and/or the user doesn‘t know what to choose.

In my case however I just wanted to avoid distribution of two different setups, as I know that there will be some users that want to do only per-user install. Doing some registry checks (as the software package is a msi this should be pretty reliable) before installation should be little work.

> Am 26.01.2019 um 05:08 schrieb Blaine Wheeler via wix-users <wix-users at lists.wixtoolset.org>:
> 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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