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InstallShield from Revenera is the industry standard for developers creating installers for Windows desktops, servers, virtual and cloud platforms. Preparing for MSIX? InstallShield is ready.


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The most powerful, capable, and widely used solution among installation developers worldwide. Get immediate access to our new Suite Installation functionality, installation streaming, 64-bit enhancements and more.

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A powerful yet easy-to-use solution, ideal for both novice and seasoned installation developers.

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A quick and easy solution for creating reliable MSI installations.

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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 Yes Yes -
MSIX – Support for MSIX Core Yes Yes -
Pure 64 installers

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

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

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

Yes Yes -
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 Yes Yes -
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 Yes Yes -
End-User Dialog Themes for Windows Installer-Based Projects Yes Limited Basic
Billboard Support for Custom Branding Yes Yes -
One-Click Installations from the Web Yes Yes Yes
DLL, EXE, VBScript, and JScript Custom Actions Yes Yes Yes
Extend Suite/Advanced UI Projects with C# and InstallScript Actions Yes - -
PowerShell Custom Actions Yes Yes -
Managed-Code Custom Actions Yes Yes -
Easily View MSI Table Relationships' Yes Yes -
Support for Microsoft® Certificate Requirements including SHA 1 and SHA-256 Yes Yes Yes
Design DPI-Aware Installations Yes Yes Yes
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Multilingual Support – 35 Languages Yes - -
Unicode Support in Most InstallShield Views Yes Yes Yes
Create Pure 64-Bit Installations (Windows Installer) Yes Yes -
Install 64-bit Applications Yes Yes Yes
Install Windows Device Drivers Using DIFx 2.1.1 Yes Yes -
Support for .NET Framework 4.5 (32-bit and 64-bit) Yes Yes Yes
Multi-Tier Installation Template Yes - -
Install Web Applications to Microsoft® Azure™ and Microsoft® IIS using Microsoft Web Deploy Yes - -
PowerShell Suite Actions for Server Configuration Yes - -
Enable Windows Roles and Features During Your Installation Yes - -
Deploy Databases to Microsoft SQL Server/Oracle/MySQL/Azure SQL Databases Yes Yes -
Database Import Wizard Yes Yes -
Deploy Websites to IIS 8 with SSL Certificates Yes Yes Limited
IIS Web Services Support Yes Yes Yes
IIS Tools for Web Apps Yes Limited Limited
XML File Updating Yes Yes -
Configure Windows Users and Groups Yes Yes -
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Identify what existing InstallShield projects require change to meet Microsoft MSIX standards Yes Yes -
Provision Virtual Machines from the InstallShield IDE for Testing Installations Yes - -
Monitor for COM Extraction (32-bit and 64-bit) Yes Yes Yes
Registry-Free COM Registration (Application Manifests) Yes Yes -
COM+ Support Yes Yes Yes
Library of Redistributable Prerequisites for Windows Installer Installations Yes Yes Yes
Library of Redistributable Prerequisites for InstallScript Installations Yes Yes -
Associate Prerequisites with Features Yes Yes Yes
Prerequisite Editor Yes Yes -
Network Repositories to Share Dialogs, Scripts and Templates with Team Members Yes - -
Local Repositories to Share Dialogs, Scripts and Templates Across Multiple Projects Yes Yes -
Automate Events at Build Time Yes - -
Reusable Project Templates Yes Yes -
LZX Compression Option (Windows Installer Projects) Yes Yes Yes
Display Installation Progress on the Taskbar Yes Yes Yes
Easily Edit Runtime Installation Strings Yes Yes -
Specify Custom Icon and Version Resource Properties Yes Yes Partial
Virtual Machine Detection Yes Yes -
Easily Edit XML Files During Installation Yes Yes -
Easily Edit Text Files on the Destination Machine During Installation Yes Yes -
Easily Create System Searches Yes Yes Limited
Mark Files for Deletion as Part of an Installation Through Interaction with MSI RemoveFiles Action Yes Yes Yes
Enforce End User License Agreement (EULA) Reading Before Installing Yes Yes -
Call .NET Assemblies from InstallScript Yes Yes -
Command-Line Builder Yes Yes Yes
Complete Project Debugging Yes Yes -
Source Code Control Integration Yes Yes -
Microsoft Team Foundation Server Integration Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Build Engine (MSBuild) Support Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2019 Integration Yes Yes Yes
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