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The Microsoft® Windows® Installer is an installation and configuration service that ships as part of the Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows® Millennium Edition (Windows Me) operating systems, and is provided in a service pack to Windows 95, Windows 98, and Microsoft Windows NT® version 4.0. Customers wanted an installer that better addressed the needs of corporate deployment and provided a standard format for component management.

Where Applicable

Windows Installer reduces the total cost of ownership (TCO) for your customers by enabling them to efficiently install and configure your products and applications. The installer can also provide your product with new capabilities to advertise features without installing them, to install products on demand, and to add user customizations.

Developer Audience

This documentation is intended for software developers who want to make applications that use Windows Installer. As the primary source of reference material for the installer, it provides general background information about installation packages and the installer service. It contains complete descriptions of the application programming interface (API) and the elements of the installer database. This documentation also contains supplemental information of interest to developers who want to use a table editor or a package creation tool to make or maintain an installation.

Run-time Requirements

Requires Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 3 or later, Windows 2000, or Windows Me. Available as a redistributable for Windows NT 4.0. Requires Windows 95 or later. Available as a redistributable for Windows 95 and Windows 98. The Windows Installer supports advertisement of applications and features according to the operating system. For more information, see Platform Support of Advertisement and The New Microsoft Windows Installer.

Windows Installer Team Blog
"As part of the ongoing MSDN Communities effort, the Windows Installer Team is pleased to announce the creation of the Windows Installer Team Blog. Stay tuned for tips and tricks, announcements and other information from the Windows Installer Team." Link

Contributor: Fernando Alvares, Rick Borup
Category Tools
( Topic last updated: 2005.07.15 11:04:25 AM )