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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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InstallShield

Create Professional Installations

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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Create MSIX Packages Checking for Updates Using App-Installer InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Modern and Simple Installers InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Support for Cloud Builds InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield -
Support for Windows 11 InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
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.

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

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

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

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

InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield 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.

InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield -
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.

InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield -
Install/Upgrade Multi-Instance Product Installations InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield 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.

InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Advanced UI Editor

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

InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Windows Installer Dialog Editor InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
End-User Dialog Themes for Windows Installer-Based Projects InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Limited
Billboard Support for Custom Branding InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
One-Click Installations from the Web InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
DLL, EXE, VBScript, and JScript Custom Actions InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Extend Suite/Advanced UI Projects with C# and InstallScript Actions InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield -
PowerShell Custom Actions InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Managed-Code Custom Actions InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Easily View MSI Table Relationships' InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Support for Microsoft® Certificate Requirements including SHA 1 and SHA-256 InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Design DPI-Aware Installations InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
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Multilingual Support – 35 Languages InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield -
Unicode Support in Most InstallShield Views InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Create Pure 64-Bit Installations (Windows Installer) InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Install 64-bit Applications InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Install Windows Device Drivers Using DIFx 2.1.1 InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Support for .NET Framework 4.5 (32-bit and 64-bit) InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Multi-Tier Installation Template InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield -
Install Web Applications to Microsoft® Azure™ and Microsoft® IIS using Microsoft Web Deploy InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield -
PowerShell Suite Actions for Server Configuration InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield -
Enable Windows Roles and Features During Your Installation InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield -
Deploy Databases to Microsoft SQL Server/Oracle/MySQL/Azure SQL Databases InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Database Import Wizard InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Deploy Websites to IIS 8 with SSL Certificates InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
IIS Web Services Support InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
IIS Tools for Web Apps InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Limited
XML File Updating InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Configure Windows Users and Groups InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
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Install Packages from Windows Package Manager InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Identify what existing InstallShield projects require change to meet Microsoft MSIX standards InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Provision Virtual Machines from the InstallShield IDE for Testing Installations InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield -
Monitor for COM Extraction (32-bit and 64-bit) InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Registry-Free COM Registration (Application Manifests) InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
COM+ Support InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Library of Redistributable Prerequisites for Windows Installer Installations InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Library of Redistributable Prerequisites for InstallScript Installations InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Associate Prerequisites with Features InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Prerequisite Editor InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Network Repositories to Share Dialogs, Scripts and Templates with Team Members InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield -
Local Repositories to Share Dialogs, Scripts and Templates Across Multiple Projects InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Automate Events at Build Time InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield -
Reusable Project Templates InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
LZX Compression Option (Windows Installer Projects) InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Display Installation Progress on the Taskbar InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Easily Edit Runtime Installation Strings InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Specify Custom Icon and Version Resource Properties InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Virtual Machine Detection InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Easily Edit XML Files During Installation InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Easily Edit Text Files on the Destination Machine During Installation InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Easily Create System Searches InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Mark Files for Deletion as Part of an Installation Through Interaction with MSI RemoveFiles Action InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Enforce End User License Agreement (EULA) Reading Before Installing InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Call .NET Assemblies from InstallScript InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Command-Line Builder InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Complete Project Debugging InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Source Code Control Integration InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Microsoft Team Foundation Server Integration InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Microsoft Build Engine (MSBuild) Support InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2019 Integration InstallShield Premier Yes InstallShield Yes
InstallShield Standalone Build InstallShield Premier 5 Licenses InstallShield 2 Licenses
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