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Create MSIX Packages Checking for Updates Using App-Installer InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Modern and Simple Installers InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Support for Cloud Builds InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield -
Enhanced support for Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022 InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Full ARM Support InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Support for fonts in MSIX

Ability to install fonts in an MSIX package so that the fonts are available for other apps in the machine.

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Build InstallShield Projects in an Azure DevOps Pipeline

InstallShield provides a native Azure DevOps Extension to build InstallShield projects in Azure DevOps pipelines. You can use in both a private agent or a Microsoft hosted agent.


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MSIX – Modification Packages InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
MSIX – Support for MSIX Core InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Pure 64 installers

Build pure 64-bit installers for Basic MSI and Suite installers.

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MSIX Bundles InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
MSIX – Support for Services InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
AWS CloudHSM-based Digital Signing InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Simplified Builds Within Docker InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Automated Patch Design InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Create Windows® Installer (MSI) Installations InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Create Windows Installer Patches (MSP) InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Create MSIX packages InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Easily convert any MSI file into an MSIX package InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Create InstallScript (Setup.exe) Installations

Use our proprietary scripting language - InstallScript to fully script each and every component of your installer.

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Create Advanced Bootstrappers with Suite Installations

Use the suite project to bundle multiple installers like .exe, .msi, .prq, .appv or .msix - all into a single package so that your users can have a single consistent experience.

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Streaming Installations that Download Installation Components as Needed

Create light weight installers by configuring the Suite project to download selected components on the fly from a web location rather than bundling everything with your installer. This keeps the installer very light.

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Install/Upgrade Multi-Instance Product Installations InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Check for the Latest Version of a Setup Any Time an Installation is Run

Use our suite updates feature to alert your users for latest version of the installers before the deployment begins.

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Advanced UI Editor

Leverage our WYSIWYG editor to fully customize the installer experience and preview the experience during development.

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Windows Installer Dialog Editor InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
End-User Dialog Themes for Windows Installer-Based Projects InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield

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Billboard Support for Custom Branding InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
One-Click Installations from the Web InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
DLL, EXE, VBScript, and JScript Custom Actions InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Extend Suite/Advanced UI Projects with C# and InstallScript Actions InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield -
PowerShell Custom Actions InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Managed-Code Custom Actions InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Easily View MSI Table Relationships' InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Support for Microsoft® Certificate Requirements including SHA 1 and SHA-256 InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Design DPI-Aware Installations InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
 

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Multilingual Support – 35 Languages InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield -
Unicode Support in Most InstallShield Views InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Create Pure 64-Bit Installations (Windows Installer) InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Install 64-bit Applications InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Install Windows Device Drivers Using DIFx 2.1.1 InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Support for .NET Framework 4.5 (32-bit and 64-bit) InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Multi-Tier Installation Template InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield -
Install Web Applications to Microsoft® Azure™ and Microsoft® IIS using Microsoft Web Deploy InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield -
PowerShell Suite Actions for Server Configuration InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield -
Enable Windows Roles and Features During Your Installation InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield -
Deploy Databases to Microsoft SQL Server/Oracle/MySQL/Azure SQL Databases InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Database Import Wizard InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Deploy Websites to IIS 8 with SSL Certificates InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
IIS Web Services Support InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
IIS Tools for Web Apps InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Limited
XML File Updating InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Configure Windows Users and Groups InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
 
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Install Packages from Windows Package Manager InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Identify what existing InstallShield projects require change to meet Microsoft MSIX standards InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Provision Virtual Machines from the InstallShield IDE for Testing Installations InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield -
Monitor for COM Extraction (32-bit and 64-bit) InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Registry-Free COM Registration (Application Manifests) InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
COM+ Support InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Library of Redistributable Prerequisites for Windows Installer Installations InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Library of Redistributable Prerequisites for InstallScript Installations InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Associate Prerequisites with Features InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Prerequisite Editor InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Network Repositories to Share Dialogs, Scripts and Templates with Team Members InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield -
Local Repositories to Share Dialogs, Scripts and Templates Across Multiple Projects InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Automate Events at Build Time InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield -
Reusable Project Templates InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
LZX Compression Option (Windows Installer Projects) InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Display Installation Progress on the Taskbar InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Easily Edit Runtime Installation Strings InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Specify Custom Icon and Version Resource Properties InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Virtual Machine Detection InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Easily Edit XML Files During Installation InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Easily Edit Text Files on the Destination Machine During Installation InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Easily Create System Searches InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Mark Files for Deletion as Part of an Installation Through Interaction with MSI RemoveFiles Action InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Enforce End User License Agreement (EULA) Reading Before Installing InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Call .NET Assemblies from InstallScript InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Command-Line Builder InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Complete Project Debugging InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Source Code Control Integration InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Microsoft Team Foundation Server Integration InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Microsoft Build Engine (MSBuild) Support InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2019 Integration InstallShield Premier Checkmark InstallShield Checkmark
InstallShield Standalone Build InstallShield Premier 5 Licenses InstallShield 2 Licenses
 
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