[wix-users] Migrating Wix setup from .NET Framework 4.8 to .NET 5.0

Wiles, Dean Dean.Wiles at compucom.com
Wed Mar 17 14:09:14 PDT 2021

We would like to migrate our WinForm application and install/setup package from .NET Framework 4.8 to .NET 5.0 and are trying to understand what is or isn't available yet with Wix extensions.

We have a fairly simple bundle (below) derived from https://wixtoolset.org/documentation/manual/v3/howtos/redistributables_and_install_checks/install_dotnet.html using NetFx48.wxs to detect and conditionally install .NET Framework 4.8.

I've googled and looked through the discussions/issues in wixtoolset and the outstanding WIP's, but I have to confess it's all very confusing to this Wix newbie.

Could someone summarize (in laymen's terms) how I could migrate the dependency check and conditional install for .NET from Framework 4.8 to .NET 5.0?


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Wix xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/wix/2006/wi"
  <?include Defines.wxi?>

  <Bundle Name="$(var.Name)" Version="$(var.Version)" Manufacturer="$(var.Manufacturer)"
          UpgradeCode="$(var.UpgradeCode)" IconSourceFile="$(var.Logo)" DisableModify="yes">
    <!--Bootstrapper UI with logo-->
    <BootstrapperApplicationRef Id="WixStandardBootstrapperApplication.RtfLargeLicense">
        ThemeFile="RtfLargeTheme.xml" LocalizationFile="RtfTheme.wxl"
        LicenseFile="$(var.EULA)" LogoFile="$(var.Logo)" ShowVersion="yes"
        SuppressOptionsUI ="yes" SuppressRepair="yes" />

      <!--Installs .NET Framework 4.8 using web installer-->
      <PackageGroupRef Id="NetFx48Web" />

      <!--Installs SQL Server 2019 Express using web installer-->
      <PackageGroupRef Id="Sql2019ExprWeb" />

      <!-- Install RA.Install package -->
      <MsiPackage DisplayName="$(var.Name)" SourceFile="$(var.RA.Install.TargetPath)"
                  DisplayInternalUI="no" Compressed="yes" Vital="yes" Visible="no"/>

Dean Wiles | CompuCom
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