ScriptLogic Releases MSI Studio for Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007

ScriptLogic Releases MSI Studio for Systems Center Configuration Manager Which Works Seamlessly with Microsoft Systems Center to Simplify MSI-Based Application Deployment

Read the full press release…


Acresso’s (new InstallShield company) big announcement for their new version was that it will allow you to distribute the Yahoo Toolbar (all admin’s say *yay*).  ScriptLogic’s announcement is that they are releasing a version that is useful to System Center customers.


The imminent death of InstallShield?

If this won’t kill a product line, nothing will…

Yahoo! and Acresso Announce Multi-Year Yahoo! Toolbar and InstallShield Distribution Agreement

Here’s a quote from the article:

As software companies face slower growth, the strategy focuses on options for them to generate additional revenue and provide new capabilities for their customers.

This makes both companies seem really desperate for sales, and to me, this is not a value-added services strategy, as they say in the article.  We know Yahoo is in trouble, but this article really smells of another buyout for Acresso on the horizon — and so soon after the separation from Macrovision.

If Acresso is that hard-up for sales, they should simply contact us at  Any highly targeted, highly trafficked community can improve exposure and sales of a product line – they just need to be a little more creative.


On another note

Speaking of InstallShield – why is it that any install created with InstallShield takes the longest to install and also to uninstall?

I was cleaning up my kids’ computer the other night, which always includes removing software.  When I would uninstall something not created with InstallShield, the uninstall was almost instantaneous.  When I would uninstall something created using InstallShield, I’d grimace a bit and walk out of the room waiting for the uninstall to “configure” and “prepare” for the uninstall.  I simply wanted the software to uninstall.  InstallShield took a half hour job and turned it into 3 times that.

System Center Vista Gadget updated


This gadget makes it easier to find help for Microsoft System Center products because it uses Live Search macros to search specific sites instead of the entire web. Search results are only returned from sites that are known to contain helpful information about System Center products. Use the settings in the gadget to pick the System Center product that you want to find information about, and then enter a search term in the gadget to get customized search results.

Windows Installer 4.5 now available!

The final release of the Windows Installer 4.5 Redistributable and SDK are now available.

KB Article:

New and improved features in Windows Installer 4.5

The following new and improved features have been implemented in Windows Installer 4.5.

Multiple package transaction

In a multiple package transaction, you can create a single transaction from multiple packages. In a multiple package transaction, a chainer is used to dynamically include packages in the transaction. If one or more of the packages do not install as expected, you can roll back the installation.

Embedded UI handler

You can embed a custom user interface (UI) handler in the Windows Installer package. This makes a custom UI easier to integrate. You can also invoke an embedded UI handler from the Add or Remove Programs item in Control Panel. Or, you can invoke an embedded UI handler during a Windows Installer repair process.

Embedded chainer

You can use the embedded chainer to add packages to a multiple package transaction. You can use an embedded chainer to enable installation events across multiple packages. For example, you can enable install-on-demand events, repair events, and uninstall events across multiple packages.

Update supersedence resiliency

This feature lets you correct for changes in the FeatureComponent table during supersedence.

Shared component patching resiliency during uninstall

This feature makes sure that the most recent version of a component is available to all products.

Custom action execution on update uninstall

This feature lets an update add or change a custom action so that the custom action is called when an update is uninstalled.

Issues that are addressed in Windows Installer 4.5

The issues present in earlier versions of Windows Installer that are addressed in Windows Installer 4.5 are as follows:

•The SeBackupPrivilege user right was missing in the Windows Installer service. This lack hindered any custom actions that needed this user right.

•Some case-sensitive service-name comparisons in the InstallValidate action resulted in an unnecessary "files in use" message in Windows Vista.

•When you uninstalled an update that added a new component, the component was also uninstalled. This occurred even if the component was shared by other products.