About InstallAware Studio Admin

A premier software installation solution for Windows Installer that provides you with true Windows Installer rapid development productivity.

InstallAware is a software installation solution for Windows Installer that enables MSIcode scripting for rapid setup development without the high cost and steep learning curve of other setup solutions. With InstallAware you can build sophisticated installations in record time without any programming or scripting skills. InstallAware provides you with the latest features and technology support, with the advantages of true rapid-Windows Installer development productivity.

Lower Setup Development Costs

  • Hybrid Installation Technology with InstantInstall Acceleration - Your setups are now faster, immune to corrupted Windows Installer stacks on target systems (which would cause your setups to fail through no fault of your own), and best of all, you get to switch between Native Code and Windows Installer setup engines at runtime, as often as you need! Choose the Native Engine and enjoy setups an order of magnitude faster with InstantInstall Acceleration.
  • InstallTailor MST Transform Creator - InstallAware Transformer InstallTailor MST Creator runs through the setup wizards of an MSI file, collecting any changes you make to built-in properties, directories, and features; then saving these (after you pick and edit the changes to include) in an MST transform file, together with an optional shortcut (.LNK) to install your MSI with your brand-new MST pre-applied.
  • MSIX Builder - Support Microsoft's Next Generation MSIX Package Format.
  • Windows Store Bridge - InstallAware effortlessly bridges Win32, Win64, and .NET apps to the Windows Store, creating a Universal Windows app from a customizable template and helping your end-users download your apps directly from the Windows Store.
  • Application Runtime Wizard - The Application Runtime Wizard is a point-and-click way to create new, reusable technology prerequisite installers for application frameworks in addition to those that ship built-in with InstallAware. Consume new runtimes you build from all your InstallAware IDE instances, and inside any setups you create.
  • Build Events - New Build Events fire before and after compiling your setup, then before and after compressing your setup, and finally before and after wrapping your setup inside a Group Policy MSI container - giving you all the interrupts needed to inject any type of custom logic into the InstallAware build process.
  • Automated Virtual Machine Unit Testing - InstallAware features virtual machine testing for your setups in an automated, customizable fashion. Use InstallAware's default unit test script, or customize and build your own. Test on multiple virtual machines simultaneously and see at a single glance failure and success on different guest operating systems.
  • Simplified Windows Installer Development - InstallAware’s powerful MSIcode simplifies setup development by transparently managing all of your Windows Installer conditions, installation sequences and parameters using a concise and human-readable setup language. Drop-in setup actions are configured using dialogs, without requiring programming skills. MSIcode builds a standard Windows Installer database package that fully supports advertising, install-on-demand, elevated privilege installation, and resiliency.
  • Hybrid App-V Builder - Instantly build any InstallAware setup project as an App-V Application Virtualization Package. There's nothing new to learn. Embrace and extend App-V technology by packaging both 32 bit and 64 bit applications inside a single, merged App-V binary.
  • App-V Viewer - InstallAware ships with a fully functionaly App-V Viewer. Inspect the files, registry keys, application entry points, virtual services, and even the environment variables contained inside any App-V binary - even those that weren't built using InstallAware's App-V Builder.
  • Digital Rights Management - InstallAware DRM protects any Win32, Win64, or .NET application - with zero changes to your existing source code! Use any number of expiration parameters in Try-and-Die mode.
  • Out-of-the-Box Windows 10 October 2018 Update Support - From displaying installation progress on the Windows Taskbar, to pinning them to the new Windows 10 Start Menu Live Tiles/Taskbar, InstallAware gives you the best exposure for your applications through smart use of the latest technology. Now with Visual Studio 2017, .NET Framework 4.7.2, and Windows 10 October 2018 Update eco-system integration.
  • Set up 64 Bit and 32 Bit Systems with the Same Installer - Detect and support x64 systems including AMD64, EM64T, and ARM64. InstallAware allows you to ship a single hybrid MSI for both your 32 bit and 64 bit customers.
  • Detect and Manage Setups on Virtual Machines - Now InstallAware can check your target system and detect whether the operating system is running on a virtual machine. A simple checkbox lets you limit distributions to physical machines.
  • Mirrored Code and Visual Development - InstallAware's advanced development tools include wizards, templates, drag-and-drop editing, and refined task views - with the added benefit of immediate MSIcode generation. Start a project in seconds in with visual tools, then switch to the Code View to add branching logic, variables, and advanced configuration options. Unlike InstallShield's isolated script and visual environments, when you modify settings in one view, the other view changes instantly.
  • Import .MSI and .MSM Files - Directly import MSI databases and Merge Modules created by other packaging applications, and edit them within InstallAware.
  • Acrylic Material with Fading/Sliding Wizard Transition Special Effects - InstallAware lets you build Microsoft Fluent Design System compliant installation wizards. InstallAware also ships with a built-in Acrylic Material setup theme so your setups look light years ahead of your competition. Now with fading/sliding wizard transition special effects, to the delight of your your app-savvy end-users.
  • Dialog Designer - InstallAware's powerful dialog editor lets you customize the 18 pre-built setup themes, or design your own themes. A full range of visual controls are available, including Explorer-style browse functionality, and HTML/Flash containers.
  • One-Click Technology Preinstalls - Deploy technology modules and runtimes, such as Microsoft SQL Express 2014, from your setup in a single step. Any related preinstalls are added to your project automatically. Plus, the preinstall sequence branches by platform.
  • Customization without Complexity - InstallAware setups launch without having to install dependencies or script engines. Still, you can completely customize your setup even if you don't have a computer science degree, or advanced Windows Installer knowledge.
  • One-Click Patching - Select your old and new setups, click Build Patch, and InstallAware automatically generates a native MSP-file that is packaged using advanced compression.
  • Extend Setups with DLLs - Run any DLL as part of your setup, without requiring a particular function format or Windows Installer sequencing. MSIcode allows you to pass parameters from your setup to a DLL and integrate the return values.
  • Extend Setups with Plug-Ins - Build your own setup plug-ins that natively interact with InstallAware MSIcode. Use your favorite programming language to perform complex setup tasks, without being encumbered by MSI constraints or a foreign development environment.   
  • Automation Interface - Programmatically create, modify, and compile setups. Available in a standard Win32 DLL that can be called from any Windows application, and as a COM object for use in ASP scripts on a web server.
  • Integrated Product Configuration Management - All the code necessary to build different configurations of your product is included in your project, plus compiler variables allow you to specify different output media, product names, compression settings, even different feature sets from the same source.
  • Reusable Scripts - Reference separate blocks of MSIcode using the Include Scripts command, which allows you to build a collection of setup functions that can be used in many different setup projects.
  • Script Functions - MSIcode now includes a new Return from Include Script command, which helps you build your very own MSIcode functions with their custom return values.
  • Integrated Debugging - Debug your setups visually with the integrated debugger. Set variable watches, step through code line by line, override variable values.
  • Dynamic Scanning Tool - Automatically add the file dependencies for your application to any selected directory or feature in your project.
  • Automated Translations - Use InstallAware's Localization Wizard to automatically translate your user interface and MSIcode script. Switch languages at compile time or runtime. Existing translations are preserved when making changes to your MSIcode and user interface.
  • Legacy Project Converters - Automatically import or convert project files from Wise, Inno Setup, or NSIS. Import compiled InstallShield Express or InstallShield Basic MSI projects as .MSI files.
  • Import .REG Files - Directly import Registry Keys and Values stored in .REG files or COM servers. Simply click Import from the Registry View, then browse to the file.
  • Auto-Correcting Fields - Now with the auto-correcting IDE, you are spared from common authoring mistakes and pitfalls. Dismissible help hints have also been added to guide you through certain processes.

Fully Support Installation Standards   

  • Complete MSI Support - All InstallAware setups fully support industry-standard Windows Installer technology, and Group Policy management features. No proprietary runtime packages or dependencies are ever required. All packages are built to comply with Microsoft's Designed for Windows Logo certification specifications for application setup.
  • Advanced Service Configuration with Service Failure Actions - Configure advanced Windows Service settings. Define failure actions to be executed at each successive failure of your service, bullet-proofing your deployments. Run programs (with custom command lines), restart computers, display reboot messages, restart services, and more.
  • SHA 256 Code Signing - Microsoft's requirements for code signing are complex. InstallAware has distilled the requirements to fully automate SHA 256 bit code signing, single or double, as determined by the operating system hosting the build platform, whether files are already signed, and the type of file being signed.
  • Self Healing Applications - Create self-healing applications by choosing the Advertised File Types option in the InstallAware IDE. No changes to your own program files are required.
  • Installation on Demand - The Advertised Shortcuts option in the InstallAware IDE activates installation on demand for your application. The source files can be placed in a Web Media Block - which accepts any URL or network file path - for remote download and installation.
  • Elevated Privilege Installations - InstallAware setups fully support installation onto secured or locked-down systems with the proper Group Policy settings.
  • Windows Driver Install Frameworks (DIFx) Support - Install drivers on x86, x64, and ia64 platforms. Optionally check for presence of the device, manage signature warnings and Add/Remove Program entries. Complete sample project included.

Improved Download Success Rates

  • Completely Scriptable Web Updates - Make it easy for your users to update their software, by automating the notification, download, and setup process. Deliver unlimited updates without additional usage fees. Plus the update client source code is provided within your project for complete customizability.
  • WebAware Installation™ Technology - Reduce download size by removing technology dependencies (such as the .NET Framework) or rarely used features from your main setup file. The main setup will download them seamlessly from the web as needed. Files required by the minimum configuration are included in the main package, which installs without a web connection. Interrupted downloads are automatically resumed after a brief pause, ensuring successful away-from-the-keyboard installations.
  • Superior 64-bit Compression - Reduce the size of your setups and download packages by up to 90% with the LZMA compression algorithm and BCJ2 compression pre-processors. Only InstallAware provides advanced compression for Windows Installer setups. Now with advanced 64-bit compression, you'll save an astounding 30% extra, on top of the previous best available InstallAware rates - even beating Microsoft's own pre-packaged runtime installers on size.

Industry Leading Installation Technology

  • Run Nested MSI Setups and Capture Progress - Deploy any MSI setup seamlessly within your InstallAware Wizard - even capture progress from the nested MSI. Install any feature set that the MSI offers, fully customizing the setup from the command line.
  • Post to Social Networks - Query for social network credentials at any time your setup is running on end-user systems. Tweet on Twitter, and Share on Facebook, obtaining the success state of the postings before continuing with your installation. Just create an app on Twitter and Facebook, paste your credentials in the new InstallAware plug-ins, and you're good to go social.
  • Multi-Instance Support on All Windows Platforms - Allow users to install multiple copies of your application on the same system, without requiring instance transforms or adding an MSI 3.0 dependency. Supports Windows XP through Windows Server 2016 64-bit.
  • IIS Support - InstallAware makes it easy to start, stop, and install IIS websites. Set up virtual folders and application servers. Configure permissions, logging, default pages, and MIME types. Support for IIS 8 is now included.
  • Dependency Decompressor - Unpack third-party MSIs and Merge Modules you wish to include with your project and leverage InstallAware's superior compression on your application's dependencies during the build process to further reduce the size of your installation package.
  • .NET 4.7.2 Support - Create .NET installations and distribute the .NET Framework, including .NET 4.7.2. Advanced compression reduces the size of the .NET Framework by up to 67%, simply by deploying the Framework with InstallAware.
  • Universal Database Support - Run SQL scripts on Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Database, and My SQL platforms. Absolutely no client software is required on the target system to connect to the databases. SQL Server instances are now detected automatically on the network.
  • Java Installation Support - Build Java application installations, with support for preinstalling Java Virtual Machines and runtime environments on Windows systems. Complete project sample included.
  • Serial Number Generation - A new sample project provides MSIcode to build a unique 25 digit serial number generator and perform serial number validation in your wizard based on variables such as username, company, and/or other criteria. Serial numbers are not restricted to a simple range of numbers.
  • Multi-Core Compression - Dual core, hyperthreaded processors, and multi core systems are automatically detected, allowing compression tasks to be spread across multiple (logical) CPUs to linearly reduce build times.
  • Dynamic Feature Lists - Use MSIcode and variables to define product features based on target conditions or user entitlements. InstallAware provides feature-level customizations at runtime.
  • System Tray Minimized Setups - The new System Tray MSIcode command allows you to minimize your setup as an icon in the system tray. Use the MessageBalloon command to prompt users when a process needs their attention.
  • Schedule Windows Tasks - The new Schedule Task MSIcode command lets you set up jobs to run on a local machine. Check for internet connections, launch programs, and pass command line parameters.

Superior User Experience      

  • Refined User Interface - Deliver setups that display the latest visual themes. 18 unique dialog themes, non-rectangular setup windows, plus Flash and HTML billboards, make your setups more interesting and more interactive.
  • Collect User Feedback and Product Registrations - An easily edited sample project demonstrates how to perform online user registration as part of the installation process. When uninstalling, the project asks the user for product feedback and submits it to your website.
  • Dynamic User Validation - Use the included Authentication sample project to pass parameters or credentials to your website and save the results in a local file, which you search for the required authentication. Open access to certain features or to the entire setup.
  • Automatic Removal of Prior Versions - When a previous version is detected, InstallAware will provide the option to uninstall it before proceeding with the installation - automatically. 
  • Autorun CD Browsers - Create a simple and completely customizable wizard that appears automatically when your product CD is inserted, enabling users to launch setups, view documentation, launch a web browser and view resources on your website. All MSIcode functions are available for use in the CD Browser.

Enterprise Software Deployment Support   

  • Fast Unicode Setup Capture with Stackable Filters - Use direct, driverless capture technology proprietary to InstallAware and eliminate the need for clean machine captures. Create and save multiple system snapshots and compare any arbitrary two - including those sourced from different hardware and underlying operating systems. Three new stackable filters help eliminate captured noise at varying degrees of aggression, and you may also create/stack your own filters.
  • Active Directory and Corporate Deployment Support for any EXE - InstallAware setups are easily distributed through Group Policy Objects, and other software distribution systems. Now with the capability to push any EXE across an Active Directory domain, without requiring any specialized client or server software - and indeed, without even needing to use Group Policy/MSI files. Build your own clouds, private or public.
  • Set Access Permissions - Restrict or grant permission to system resources with a single script command. Manage groups and named account privileges.