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Custom Actions with Wise Package Studio

This video presentation and demonstration provides viewers with a technical overview of Windows Installer custom actions and how they may be employed. A demonstration of how to go about creating an "MSI Wrapper" (an MSI setup that launches a command line installation) is provided using Wise Package Studio's Windows Installer Editor. Note: This presentation is also available with the demo utilizing InstallShield AdminStudio.

Running Time: 13:50

 

where to store any source for your place your custom actions is explained as well as where to place the call to the action in the MSI sequence along with the benefits and limitations of the various choices

 

a detailed walk thru on authoring a custom action in Package Studio is presented, explaining everything along the way- where to place it, setting a condition, handling uninstall, etc.

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Packaging Acrobat Reader 7

Adobe Reader 7 is a very capable MSI already, so this is not about "Repackaging" but rather creating a custom deployment package for the provided MSI. This video walks you trough extracting the source files, creating an admin installation point, using InstallShield Tuner to create a custom transform and how to make use of it all in a command line deployment. Finally, it also discusses how to make use of several custom registry entries uncovered by our members in the Software Library with your custom transform.

Running Time: 9:54

 

This video explains command lines for extracting the package contents.

 

It also covers how to customize Adobe using the available Tuner software as well as several registry customizations for controlling options for the Adobe Reader.

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AppDeploy Training Video: Windows Installer AppSearch (Wise System Search)

This training video introduces the viewer to Windows Installer AppSearch and how it may be used. The demonstrations provided utilize Wise Package Studio covering- creating a System Search entry, showing the value of the AppSearch property in a Windows Installer Dialog, using AppSearch as a condition for a custom action and using AppSearch with LaunchCondition.

Running Time: 21:03

 

This video describes the Windows Installer AppSearch feature including what it is and what it can do for you. Notes on each of the actions taken are provided along with the video as a PDF file for your reference (see below).

While the principle applies to any MSI authoring software, the video demonstrates how to use AppSearch with Package Studio including how to check for minimum requirements and how to look for and display a file path or registry value.


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Custom Actions with InstallShield AdminStudio

This video presentation and demonstration provides viewers with a technical overview of Windows Installer custom actions and how they may be employed. A demonstration of how to go about creating an "MSI Wrapper" (an MSI setup that launches a command line installation) is provided using Macrovision's AdminStudio to get the job done. Note: This presentation is also available with the demo utilizing Wise Package Studio.

Running Time: 16:01

 

 

Where to store any source for your place your custom actions is explained here as well as where to place the call to the action in the MSI sequence along with the benefits and limitations of the various choices.

 

A detailed walk thru on authoring a custom action in AdminStudio is presented, explaining everything along the way- where to place it, setting a condition, handling uninstall, etc.

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Troubleshooting the Windows Installer

This video presentation offers information about errors codes as well as tips on the generation and review of Windows Installer errors and logs. Demos include the WiLogUtil (Windows Installer Log Utility) and the Transform and ICE Validation features of ORCA.

 

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How to locate and install Windows Installer SDK is covered including just what features of the Windows SDK should be selected to obtain the Windows Installer tools, scripts and documentation. One tool provided by the SDK to help with log file interpretation is WiLogUtil which is demonstrated in detail.

 

ORCA also provides some helpful tools for creating (and identifying changes made by) transform files and includes an ICE validation tool which takes you to the place in the MSI database where any warnings or errors are identified.

 
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