InstallShield Express Releases

September 20, 2018

Updates in 2018 R2


  • Improved Designer Interface - Download the new InstallShield designer, with a fresh, modern look that simplifies creating an easy-to-use installation.
  • Dual Signing using SHA1 and SHA256 Digests - No more choosing between SHA 1 or SHA 256 to digitally sign the installers. Now digitally sign using both digests, a big help in supporting older Windows products.
January 19, 2018

Updates in 2018


  • Perform Open Source Risk Assessment with FlexNet Code Aware - InstallShield now includes full integration with FlexNet Code Aware, an automated open source risk assessment and package discovery solution that enables you to quickly scan your products for security and intellectual property (IP) compliance risk.
    • Supported File Types - FlexNet Code Aware supports analysis of the following files:
      • Java Packages.
      • Node Packages.
      • Nuget Packages.
      • RPM Packages.
      • Ruby Packages.
      • EXE and DLL Files...
May 01, 2017

Updates in 2016 SP2


  • Integration with FlexNet Code Aware - InstallShield now includes integration with FlexNet Code Aware, an automated open source risk assessment and package discovery solution that enables you to quickly scan your products for security and intellectual property (IP) compliance risk.


  • When outputting the CMDLINE variable, the following value will no longer be included: -IS_temp -IS_OriginalLauncher:<path_to_setup.exe>. Where <path_to_setup.exe> will resolve to the full...
August 23, 2016

Updates in 2016


  • Support for the Latest Releases of Windows Operating Systems:
    • Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
    • Windows Server 2016.
  • Tile Configurations - Customize the appearance of a desktop app's tile on the Start screen. The following tile configuration settings are available:
    • A toggle between light or dark text when including the app name on medium-sized (150x150) tiles.
    • Choice of tile background color.
    • Option to use custom tile images (small: 70x70 and medium:150x150).
    • Preference to show or hide the...
September 01, 2015

Updates in 2015 SP1

  • Support for Windows 10
  • InstallShield includes support for Visual Studio 2015. You can create InstallShield projects from within this version of Visual Studio.
  • The None option has been added to the Architecture Validation options in the Releases explorer to specify the bypassing of build-time architecture validation.
  • The Japanese version of the InstallShield Files View tab (in the Options dialog) has been fixed to display properly.
  • The repair function of InstallShield...
June 11, 2015

Updates in 2015

  • Windows 10 Ready - Supports the latest Windows releases, including Windows 10 Insider Preview, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Pure 64Bit MSIs - Supports Windows Server Core configurations where WoW64 may be disabled.
  • Visual Studio 2015 Integration - Create installations directly within Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Preview.
  • Supports Microsoft Certificate Requirements - Be prepared for Microsoft’s signature requirements for 2016 with support for SHA-256 certificates and...
May 20, 2014

Updates in 2014

  • Design DPI-Aware Installations (Express, Professional and Premier Editions) - All InstallShield project types are now DPI-aware, ensuring an optimized user experience when your customers install software on high-DPI devices.
  • Deploy to Microsoft Azure SQL Databases (Premier and Professional Editions) - Support hybrid cloud scenarios by deploying database scripts directly to Microsoft Azure SQL databases.
  • Check for Updates and Patches at Install Time (Professional and Premier...
June 05, 2013

Updates in 2013

  • Desktop Virtualization - Build both physical installations and virtual application packages from the same build process (included with Premier Edition).
  • Enterprise Virtualization Technologies - Ensure your software is compatible with Microsoft App-V 5.0, VMware ThinApp and Citrix XenApp.
  • Simplify Installations of Complex Web/Server Applications - Automate installing roles and features, run PowerShell scripts, and use multi-tier templates to deploy Web/Server applications as a...
May 10, 2012

Updates in 2012 Spring

  • Suite Installation Enhancements (Premier) - Import and reference PRQ files, dynamic links, advanced reporting and logging as well as a new UI for custom conditions
  • Hybrid Cloud Deployments (Premier and Professional) - New SQL Azure database scripting capabilities enable software producers to support hybrid cloud SQL deployments
  • Better End-User Experience (Premier and Professional) - Includes an entirely new end-user interface with redesigned wizard pages and a new page...
August 23, 2011

Updates in 2012

  • Support for New Technologies: InstallShield includes several new InstallShield prerequisites that you can add to Basic MSI, InstallScript, and InstallScript MSI projects: Internet Explorer 9.0, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Native Client 10.50.1600.1, Windows Identity Foundation, Microsoft VSTO 2010 Runtime (x64), and Microsoft Office 2010 PIA
  • Predefined System Searches: InstallShield has new predefined system searches: Adobe Reader 10, Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft Office...