The WiX toolset can also create patch installation. Creating a patch with the Visual Studio plugin. We are using Wix projects in Visual Studio (VS2008 & wix 3) to create MSIs as. We now wish to > create a patch of.
And one day I needed to create a patch for an existing. WiX patching March 3, 2011. I still didn’t manage to create patch. I even downloaded a fresh. Visual Studio; MSDN subscriptions; SDKs; Programs. Develop apps; Blog; Architects. Automate Patch Creation in TFS. The WiX Toolset is the most powerful set of tools available to create your Windows installation experience. The WiX toolset CodePlex project stores the stable.
Wi. X in Visual Studio – when setup isn't just xcopy. In my previous blog entry, I mentioned that Visual Studio was adopting the Wi. X toolset. If they are, Visual Studio certainly haven’t told me about it. However, since a few people found the idea of replacing the .
Wi. X v. 3 so enticing, I’d like to do an informal poll.
A quick introduction: Create an MSI installer with Wi. XThis is a quick introduction for developers who want to create a simple MSI installer using the free Wi. X toolset v. 3. 0. Getting started. Here is what you need first: 1) On Windows XP you might need to download and install the Microsoft . NET Framework if you have none installed on your PC. The Wi. X toolset requires the .
NET Framework, currently this is version 3. SP1. The installation takes some time, time to get a coffee.
Download and install the following file: Wi. X Toolset v. 3. 0.
Wi. X is a collection of free tools that builds software installers from XML documents. You can build an installer from command line, but also use an IDE such as Visual Studio or Eclipse. Let's have a look at the tools and create an MSI file from command line. Create your first Wi.
X file. Create an XML file example. In case you are curious: candle is the Wi. X compiler (generates an object file), light is the Wi. X Linker (generates the final installer).
There will be an example. Double click it to install it, then go to Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel where you can find an . Don't forget to uninstall it, so you can later build and install a new MSI file. Create a simple application installer. Copy an application into the same directory as your example. C: \WINDOWS\system.
Rename the application to example. Change the following lines in your XML file example. This time there will be a directory called Example in your Program Files folder and the example. Create a start menu entry.
This adds your example application to the start menu. Since a start menu entry is a shortcut and not a real file, a registry entry is needed. Change the following lines in your XML file example. How to do software upgrades. A little bit of configuration is needed for software upgrades, because some values are used repeatedly we define them as variables.
Change the following lines in your XML file example. The installer will check if an old version is installed and replaces it, in case a newer version is already installed it will abort with an error message. Copy an icon into the same directory as your example. Rename the file to example. Change the following lines in your XML file example. Don't forget to replace text starting with .
Also check every place with text . You now know the basics and are ready to make your own MSI installer!
Here's where to find further information. Most features can be added by adding more information to the XML file and changing the make file arguments. Trouble shooting A Wi. X command line tool crashes with the following error: The application failed to initialize properly (0xc. This is a known problem on Windows XP, you need to install the Microsoft . NET Framework, see above in the 'getting started' section.
A Wi. X command line tool gives the following error: program is not recognized as an internal or external command? You need to update the path and manually add the Wi. X binaries path, see how to set the path in Windows 2.
Windows XP. The default path for an English Windows XP is C: \Program Files\Windows Installer XML v. PC in the Windows Explorer, search for the file candle. Wi. X compiler). A Wi. X command line tool gives a CNDL0. Not a valid source file?
Make sure your XML file is valid. Use an XML editor or for a quick check open the file in Firefox, it will show XML parsing errors in red.
Installing or updating . NET Framework takes forever? Yes, better get another coffee. There will also be one or more reboots, you will have lots of waiting time. The . NET Framework installed a Firefox add- on without asking for permission, how do I get rid of it? The easiest way is to open the Firefox menu Tools - > Add- ons - > Microsoft .
NET Framework Assistant and click on 'Disable'. This won't uninstall it, for further information on how to completely remove it see KB9.
My example MSI file won't install and nothing happens, what can I do? MSI files require administrative privileges, make sure you are installing the MSI examples as administrator. Some of the Wi. X tutorial from the internet don't work, why is that?
There are different versions of Wi. X, the current version is Wi. X v. 3. 0 (at time of writing). If tutorials and blogs give contradicting information, it's because they haven't labelled which version of Wi. X they used. For example v. How do I generate GUIDs for my installer?
There are command line tools available or create GUIDs online. You will need at least one for the Upgrade.
Code and one for each component in the XML file. Conclusion. Advantages: Write a Windows installer with free tools (Wi. X is open source) Wi. X configuration can be done in any XML or text editor Easy integration into automated build scripts Multi language install packages are possible (via undocumented MSI hack) Active mailing list for support. Disadvantages: GUI customisation is difficult, the default templates are usually not sufficient Localisation is incomplete in Wi.