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InstallShield Software Corp.5 star
Responses to KeithRisler's review: 1. Microsoft does not allow the Windows Installer Service to be updated separately, primarily for security and manageability reasons. As you know, the Windows Installer Service is evolving everyday and we hope this scenario will improve. Despite this limitation, installations generally continue to work very well due to the backward compatibility of the Windows Installer Service. This has been the case for thousands of installations. 2. We were unable to reproduce this problem after attempting to do so on multiple development machines. Because development machines often have so many different versions of so many applications, unique issues may arise in these environments. We recommend installing on a clean machine, if necessary. 3. When a 2.x project is migrated to Express 3.x we strive to migrate ALL the files to appropriate destinations. There are a couple of minor issues, which we are currently working on improving support for: 1. SRCDIR support 2. Always Overwrite support There are some Windows Installer technical limitations with these options and we will be addressing them in the upcoming release. 4. While creating shortcuts that launch a DOS program, InstallShield writes information to the Shortcut table, as defined in Microsoft's Windows Installer technology. If all parameters have been specified correctly for the shortcut, the operation should work correctly. We are still testing on this issue, and if possible, we would like to know how the shortcut was originally setup and get more technical details on the issue. 5. InstallShield Express 3.5 provides a visual checklist interface to guide the development process. Detailed knowledge of the Windows Installer service is not required. In fact, it is not necessary to work with any of the 70+ tables directly. At the same time, all the benefits of the Windows Installer Service, such as application auto-repair (self healing) and install-on-demand are available. Other new features in Express include One-Click Install technology for Web deployment, VBscript custom actions, Windows XP support, over 40 third-party technology modules and support for 14 languages.