Package Your Applications with a Versatile Windows Installer

By: Candice Jones


The first experience that your customers are likely to have with your software is likely to be installing it and it should go without saying that the importance of first impressions should never be underestimated. InstallAware Studio for Windows Installer provides software developers with the precise tools that they need for creating installation packages for their software. This highly customizable installer software uses the popular Windows Installer API which is in use on all computers running any version of the Windows operating system. Instead of just providing the basic features of Windows Installer, however, this solution greatly extends its abilities by providing a unique hybrid installation technology. This means that developers can easily overcome the inherent limitations of the API and have much more control when it comes to improving and customizing their installation packages.

In order to minimize the difficulty associated with creating a completely unique and heavily customized setup package, this solution uses a human-readable MSI code so that you don't have to get involved so much with the deeper intricacies of packaging your software projects. Even novice software developers should have no problem thanks to the user-friendly interface and the complete lack of any requirement for complex coding. What you end up with is a product which will allow you to get the professional quality of results that your software projects deserve without having to spend countless hours building your setup packages. The controls and features are clearly defined and thanks to their ease of use, you can now expect to get your software ready for publication in minimal time. A lot of additional features are also included such as the ability to add advertising to your installers, add on-demand features and set installation privileges.

In order to use InstallAware Studio for Windows Installerm no additional components need to be installed on the computer. This is a completely self-contained program for creating your installation scripts and packages. All versions of Windows are supported including 64-bit editions. You can also make 64-bit installation packages for 64-bit software. In a time when 64-bit operating systems are now the standard, this is particularly important. However, some people are still running 32-bit operating systems and, because of this, this setup package creator also provides the possibility to create hybrid installation packages. If you have both 32- and 64-bit editions of your software, you can now package them into a single setup file and the correct version will be automatically chosen. No additional action is required by the end user.

Other features included with this program include MSI support, group policy management controls and plenty of extra tools to fully customize your installation packages. As no additional dependencies are required, you can simply start using the program to build your software packages ready for distribution straight out of the box. To find out more, visit http://www.installaware.com . Here you will be able to view a list of tutorials, customer support information and purchase the software online. Version 16 has just been released as well, providing a number of additional improvements and updates.

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Candice Jones is employed at InstallAware Software Corporation. She is currently working on articles about windows installer.

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