So this company is going to Win 7 (most likely 64, but not a definite) and wants to use/tweak msi's that are build on XP (32-bit). This is a first for me.........
I am curious as to what your thoughts are on this matter.

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While this is not impossible, the result of this operation will greatly differ from one application to another. For one, you might want to add properties to your MSIs to deal with the new Restart Manager/File In Use manager in Windows Installer 5.0 (look up MSIRESTARTMANAGERCONTROL property and read related content)

UAC ofcourse is another nice new feature that might cause you some issues. Not to mention certain files being different/not there on a Win7 machine compared to an XP, so if your package depends on them being on the system... Lastly there's the applications that are alltogether not compatible with Windows 7.

I guess what I'm saying is the XP packages can be a basis to start from in the migration, but you'll need extensive testing, and I wouldn't expect stellar succes-rates...

Answered 09/07/2011 by: pjgeutjens
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Answered 09/07/2011 by: Shaka
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