[wix-users] VSIX Install Falling

rpapo at comcast.net rpapo at comcast.net
Wed Feb 16 14:53:24 PST 2022

I ran into this problem once upon a time.  The basic problem is that both
MSI and VSIX can invoke the Windows Installer, and it doesn't like to be
invoked recursively.  In my case, I had to handle the VSIX install through
the Bootstrapper Application.

--Rick Papo

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Subject: [wix-users] VSIX Install Falling

I Have an install that installs an SDK for internal consumption.  One of the
components is a .vsix file for VS2019 and/or VS2022

In the component file for the vsix the VsixPackage element looks like this:

PackageId="MyVisxPackage.a5326796-1266-4b41-8a6c-0db3d89547f6" />

This fails because it chooses the VS2014 VSIXInstaller.exe which does not
know about any later versions.  That's what I deduced when I executed the
command line at a command prompt and looked in the log file and reviewed the

Looking through the source code I see that the property
VS_VSIX_INSTALLER_PATH contains the location of the VSIXInstaller.exe so I
added a SetProperty similar to what is in the VsixPackage.wks and set it to
the VSIXInstaller.exe that is installed with VS2019/VS2022, using the
location identified in AppSearch using a file search.

This is the error displayed:
MSI (s) (D0:40) [17:43:37:769]: Executing op:
Action 17:43:37: vim925A50D7601FA96A310238BC0296ED40.
MSI (s) (D0:40) [17:43:37:774]: Executing op:
122,Source=C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual
tup.Service\VSIXInstaller.exe,Target=/q  "C:\Program Files
ackage.vsix" /admin,) CustomAction vim925A50D7601FA96A310238BC0296ED40
returned actual error code -2146233088 (note this may not be 100% accurate
if translation happened inside sandbox)

The visx installs running it interactively.  What am I missing?
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