InstallShield crashes after installing this week’s Windows Updates

July 11th, 2014 by and tagged

Several users are reporting that their InstallShield authoring tool stops working immediately after starting it. Apparently this is caused by an incompatibilty with Microsoft update MS14-037 “Security update for Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11″ (KB2962872) which was distributed on this week’s Patch Turesday. Flexera is aware of the problem. A possible workaround is to uninstall the Windows patch, however this puts your system in an insecure, vulnerable state.

To get the latest information about workarounds and to get notified when a fix is available, please subscribe to this thread in the Flexera Community forum and/or contact Flexera support:

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InstallShield 2014 available

June 26th, 2014 by and tagged , , ,

Flexera Software released a new version of their installation authoring tool, InstallShield 2014.

This PDF document summarizes the new features: . For more details see the release notes for InstallShield 2014 Premier and Professional, or in a separate document for Express.

Notice for owners of InstallShield 2012*: Update pricing from this version ends on 31st July 2014, so now would be a good time to update to version 2014. There’s even a 5% discount if you update before end of June. (*does not apply to version “2012 Spring”)

InstallShield 2014 is available in the InstallSite Shop at

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AdminStudio 2013 Released / General End of Update Pricing Announcement

August 6th, 2013 by and tagged , ,

On July 16, 2013, Flexera Software released AdminStudio 2013. New and enhanced features in this version include:

  • Enhanced support for Microsoft App-V, including App V 5.0 and direct editing of App-V Packages
  • Support for Symantec Workspace Virtualization
  • Virtual Desktop Assessment Limited Edition
  • App Portal Limited Edition
  • New Platform API Commands
  • Managing Apple iOS and Windows Store apps with support for Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1

For more information see:

End of Version Update Pricing

As of October 1, 2013, version updates will only be available for customers with an active maintenance plan. If your maintenance plan has expired, you can update to the current version only until September 30. After that date you have to pay the full license price.

You can buy AdminStudio 2013 in the InstallSite shop at

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InstallShield 2013 Released

June 6th, 2013 by and tagged , , , ,

Flexera Software released a new version of their setup authoring tool, InstallShield 2013.

Improvements in the new version include:

  • Ability to create pure 64 bit msi setups. All customs actions that are included with InstallShield are now available in 64 bit (not included in Express edition).
  • Windows 8 improvements like Start screen icon pinning options and best practices validation (validation not included in Express).
  • Ability to create Microsoft App-V packages in the Premier edition. In other words: the Virtualization Pack which used to be an add-on purchase is now included in Premier at no extra charge. This also means that the Virtualization Pack for the Professional Edition is no longer available.
  • Virtualization suitability testing is also included in Premier and supports VMware ThinApp and Citrix XenApp in addition to App-V.
  • Installing Windows Roles and Features and running PowerShell scripts in the Suite/AdvancedUI project type (only in Premier).

For additional details see the Release Notes for InstallShield 2013 Professional and Premier and InstallShield 2013 Express. Note that the Premier edition no longer includes a Repackager. For repackaging tasks Flexera Software recommends their AdminStudio product (which also includes InstallShield as editor).

Flexera Software also removed support for some outdated technologies and versions from InstallShield 2013. This means that Windows Installer 2.0 and 3.0, ClickOnce, Visual Basic and several others are no longer available or supported. For a complete list see knowledge base article Q212461.

InstallShield 2013 is available in Premier, Professional and Express editions. The Limited Edition which comes with Visual Studio has not yet been updated.

There will be a webinar introducing what’s new in InstallShield 2013 on 18th June. Details can be found on the registration page.

InstallShield 2011 End of Life Announcement

Flexera Software also announced the End of Life for InstallShield 2011. Owners of this version can only update to InstallShield 2013 until end of June.


You can buy InstallShield 2013 in the InstallSite shop at

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What’s New in Windows Installer on Windows 8

September 23rd, 2012 by and tagged ,

Here’s a quick summary what’s new in the MSI engine that comes with Windows 8.

What’s new in MSI 5 on Windows 8

According to the documentation:

  • nothing

My own findings so far:

  • Windows Installer runtime version – as indicated by the file version of msi.dll – is 5.0.9200.16384
  • VersionNT = 602 (so similar to Windows 7 Microsoft didn’t increment the major version for application compatibility reasons)
  • WindowsBuild = 9200

According to Darwin Sanoy, Windows Installer also processes Appx Packages when installing Windows Store Apps.

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Advanced Installer 9.5 includes Windows 8 Style Dialog Theme

September 18th, 2012 by and tagged ,

On September 10th, 2012 Caphyon Ltd. announced the release of Advanced Installer 9.5 in Freeware, Professional, For Java, Enterprise and Architect editions. The 9.5 release includes many enhancements (see the release notes), but what really caught my eye is a new group of dialog themes that use the “Windows Store App” style:


The theme is also available in red and white/green. By the way: these screenshots were taken on Windows 7, so Windows 8 is not a requirement for this dialog style.

These themes also reduce the number of dialogs a user has to click through, by omitting the Welcome dialog and combining the destination folder selection and the checkbox to agree to the license agreement on the same dialog with a big “Install” button. However, if you actually want to read the license agreement before you agree (but no-one does that, right?), you have to click a link. -You may want to check with your legal department if that’s sufficient.- The link will open an additional dialog with the license agreement and an “Accept & Install” button, so you don’t have to return to the previous dialog to start the installation process.

P.S. If you want to try the new themes, don’t look for “Metro”, they’re filed under “Surface”.

Advanced Installer is available via the InstallSite Shop at

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Service Pack 1 for InstallShield 2012 Spring available

September 13th, 2012 by and tagged ,

Flexera Software released a service pack for InstallShield 2012 Spring to bring it up to date for the release versions of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5. It also includes some support for AppX Packages, the new package format that is used for Windows Store Apps. While InstallShield can’t create .appx packages (because Visual Studio does that), the Premier Edition can now side-load AppX packages from Suite/Advanced UI projects without using the Windows Store, and you can build conditions that check for the existence of an AppX package.

The service pack also includes prerequisites for the .NET Framework 4.5 (full and web) and for the Visual C++ 2012 Redistributables (x86 and x64).

An updated version of the Stand-Alone Build engine is also available from the Download and Licensing Center.

Note that projects that you open in the SP1 version will be converted and can no longer be opened in InstallShield 2012 Spring without service pack, so make sure you update all your InstallShield machines.

The service pack and release notes are available from Flexera Software knowledge base article Q208466.

P.S.: If you are still using InstallShield 2010 you can only update to the latest version until end of September.

InstallShield can be purchased from the InstallSite Shop at

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Using Sysnative to Access the 64-bit System Folder from a 32 Bit Application

August 22nd, 2012 by

If you try to access the Windows\System32 folder on a 64 bit version of Windows from a 32 bit application, you get redirected to Windows\SysWOW64. (There are a few exceptions to this rule: if the program you are launching triggers a user account control dialog (UAC) it doesn’t get redirected, and some special subfolders also don’t get redirected. For details see

To access the real Windows\System32 folder (which – despite of its name – is reserved for 64 bit programs) a 32 bit application can use Windows\Sysnative instead. This functionality is included out of the box in Windows Vista and above. For XP and Server 2003 an update is available to add the sysnative functionality

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If you are redistributing MSCOMCTL.OCX you may need to contact your customers

August 15th, 2012 by

Microsoft released a critical security update for MSCOMCTL.OCX. Windows Update will replace the vulnerable version of the ActiveX control that shipped with various Microsoft products (Office, SQL Server, etc.). But if you installed a private copy of this file in your application folder, it will not be replaced by Windows Update. Instead, you should send an update to your customers, as noted in the FAQ section of Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-060:

I am a third-party application developer and I use the ActiveX control in my application. Is my application vulnerable and how do I update it?
Developers who redistribute the ActiveX control should ensure that they update the version of the ActiveX control installed with their application by downloading the update provided in this bulletin. For more information on best practices on redistributed component use, please see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 835322 and Isolated Applications and Side-by-side Assemblies.

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InstallShield 2012 Spring released

May 11th, 2012 by and tagged , , , ,

Yesterday, Flexera Software released a new version of InstallShield, called “InstallShield 2012 Spring”.

New features include Microsoft SQL Azure™ database scripting capabilities, automatic update check during installation, new end user interface option for the Professional edition and an improved wizard page editor for Premier and Professional. Also included is pre-release support for Microsoft® Windows® 8, Windows Server® 2012 and Visual Studio™ 11.

In addition, owners of InstallShield Premier with an active maintenance plan are entitled to a FlexNet Connect account (limited to 1000 end points) that can be used to notify end users about available updates (similar to Windows Update).

InstallShield 2012 Spring is a new major version (version 19 internally) and therefore is a paid upgrade unless you have a maintenance plan.

InstallShield 2010 End of Life

At the same time, Flexera Software announced the end of life of InstallShield 2010. Upgrade pricing from this version ends on 31st August 2012.

InstallShield can be purchased from the InstallSite Shop at

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