Bret Grinslade, Group Program Manager for our Deployment Technology Group, describes how you can send feedback directly to our team. You can also check a box during setup to have feedback in the form of installation logs sent directly to our system.
The What’s New section of the Windows Installer 4.5 CHM available in the downloads section of the Windows Installer 4.5 Beta Connect site has technical details of new functionality and changes as usual, but now that we can talk about Windows Installer 4.5 I wanted to provide an overview of the new functionality.
Windows Installer 4.5 Beta is now available to those signed up through Connect. Along with the whitepapers posted earlier, binaries for x86, x64, and IA64; headers; and libraries are all available.
Expect to see more technical details on individual Windows Installer 4.5 features in the weeks to come.
Current .NET Framework patches may not NGEN some assemblies as was recently discovered for KB928365. We have worked out a solution and Surupa Biswas, a PM on the CLR team, wanted me to pass along the following information.
As indicated in this post,
In last week’s release some changes to patching with WiX were made with more exciting changes to come. Peter Marcu has implemented some changes he’ll talk more about on his blog, but suffice to say has reduced the number of commands and command line arguments required to build a patch.
The documentation for the WriteEnvironmentStrings action states,
Note that environment variables do not change for the installation in progress when either the WriteEnvironmentStrings action or RemoveEnvironmentStrings action are run. On Windows 2000, this information is stored in the registry and a message is sent to notify the system of changes when the installation completes.