About InstallShield Express

Quick and easy installations that support today's technologies.

InstallShield Express is a leading Windows installation development solution. It is designed to enable development teams to be more agile, collaborative and flexible when building reliable InstallScript and Windows Installer (MSI) installations for PCs, servers, Web and virtual applications. InstallShield Express can directly convert MSIs to Microsoft App-V virtual packages and includes automated tools to productize, install and bundle software in application virtualization and traditional EXE and MSI formats.

InstallShield Express Features

Create Professional Installations

  • Pure 64 installers
  • AWS CloudHSM-based Digital Signing
  • Simplified Builds Within Docker
  • Create Windows® Installer (MSI) Installations
  • Create Windows Installer Major and Minor Upgrades
  • Create Windows Installer Patches (MSP) - Limited
  • End-User Dialog Themes for Windows Installer-Based Projects - Basic
  • Custom Windows 10 Tiles
  • One-Click Installations from the Web
  • DLL, EXE, VBScript, and JScript Custom Actions

Develop Using Best Practices

  • Support for Microsoft Certificate Requirements including SHA 1 and SHA-256
  • Design DPI-Aware Installations
  • Designer to create a fresh, modern look

Develop and Deploy Globally

  • Unicode Support in Most InstallShield Views

Support the Latest Platforms

  • Support for Microsoft® Windows® 10,  Windows® 8.1, Windows Server® 2016 and Windows Server® 2019
  • Install 64-bit Applications (Windows Installer)

Create Installations for Web and Multi-tier Applications

  • Support for .NET Framework 4.5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Deploy Websites to IIS 8 with SSL Certificates - Limited
  • IIS Web Services Support
  • IIS Tools for Web Apps - Limited

Save Time and Develop Efficiently

  • Identify what existing InstallShield projects require change to meet Microsoft MSIX standards
  • Monitor for COM Extraction (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • COM+ Support
  • Library of Redistributable Prerequisites for Windows Installer Installations
  • Associate Prerequisites with Features
  • Upgrade Installation Project Files from Any Previous Version of InstallShield
  • Static and Dynamic File Dependency Scanners
  • LZX Compression Option (Windows Installer Projects)
  • Display Installation Progress on the Taskbar
  • Specify Custom Icon and Version Resource Properties - Partial
  • Support for Restart Manager
  • Easily Create System Searches - Limited
  • Mark Files for Deletion as Part of an Installation Through Interaction with MSI RemoveFiles Action
  • Set Windows Permissions
  • Print the End User License Agreement while Installing the Application
  • Command-Line Builder
  • File Dependency Scanning
  • Detailed Build Reports
  • Microsoft Team Foundation Server Integration
  • Microsoft Build Engine (MSBuild) Support
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Integration