Language: English

License: FreeWare / Install / Development

Requires: Win7/XP/2003/Vista

Size: 7294 KB


Release Date: 2010-8-30 8:48:31



Product Description

Written by a Microsoft MVP to create or update MSI (Windows Installer) based installers for files, registry etc using an XML like script. Has command line support for use in unattended builds (NMAKE, ANT, NANT builds etc). MAKEMSI will build a HTML report by default (with a "file verify" button). For both beginners and advanced users.

Common processes can be defined once and reused in multiple projects (templates). Has extensive documentation and a large user group (500+ members). A MSI compare or disassemble tool is available which generates MAKEMSI output, this is commonly used by people wishing to automate tasks they currently use ORCA for. Also has a framework for easy MSM (merge module) and CUB (MSI validation suite) building.

Note: Some antivirus and antispyware programs flag MAKEMSI as being infected/malware, although the application is perfectly safe and does not pose a threat to your system. This is called a 'false positive'. The term false positive is used when antivirus software wrongly classifies an innocuous ( inoffensive ) file as a virus. The incorrect detection may be due to heuristics or to an incorrect virus signature in a database. [Similar problems can occur with antitrojan or antispyware software.]

Here are some key features of "MAKEMSI":

¡¤ Automatic handling of files opened by applications (in use).
¡¤ If an install fails then prior changes will be undone (no half installs).
¡¤ Enables deployment (with or without elevated privledges) to all boxes in a network via Group Policy/Active Directory. Corporate customers will definately prefer (or in fact generally require) MSI based installers due to their ease of deployment.
¡¤ The automatic creation of XP system restore points at package install and uninstall.
¡¤ Self healing (repair) of files or registry entries.
¡¤ The advertising of complete applications (or parts) which allows installation on demand (resources not installed until required).
¡¤ Installation or uninstallation can be automated via command line parameters in a standard way (automatic support for silent or unattended installs).
¡¤ Allows merging of common "runtime files" (via Microsoft or other 3rd party merge modules).
¡¤ Configuration of MSI based products is supported by many mechanisms which are standard for all MSI installers. MSI files are databases which can be manipulated (by the end user) to tweak them or alterations can be done via separate transforms or options can be overridden from the command line. This can change install file and shortcut locations and control which features get installed plus much more.
¡¤ Microsoft Windows product logos require MSI based installers

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