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New InstallAware Subscriptions Starting At $49

April 15th, 2017

InstallAware X6 is the first installer to launch with a subscription model!

InstallAware Express X6 is now only $49/month:

InstallAware Developer X6 is now only $99/month:

InstallAware Studio X6 is now only $199/month:

InstallAware Studio Admin X6 is now only $399/month:

An InstallAware Subscription gives you world-class installers at 2% the price of InstallShield:

o Works with all your existing projects, no changes needed – guaranteed!

o Updated for Windows 10 Creator’s Edition, and Visual Studio 2017.

o Easily log-in when launching the InstallAware IDE with your subscription ID.

o InstallAware automatically authenticates your subscription any time you do a build.

o Identical to a perpetual InstallAware license, as long as you’re connected to the Internet.

o Cancel your subscription any time – all your built setups continue to work just as before, perpetually.

o Always have access to the latest major version of InstallAware for as long as your subscription is active.

Enjoy one-click APPX, App-V, MSI, and EXE setup builds directly from Visual Studio 2017!

Build world-class installers starting at only $49/month, while taking advantage of the latest InstallAware features.

Rob’s Apology to InstallAware Software

April 1st, 2017

Rob Mensching today issued his second apology to InstallAware Software, after his first apology about a decade ago.

It is quite extensive, so we’ll leave you to it without further ado:

“I regret having published my so-called apology about a decade ago, which was a thinly veiled hit-job against your company. While it sounded like an apology, it really wasn’t; as illustrated by the comments which followed my so-called apology.

I had been quite forceful in letting InstallAware Software know that I found it incredible they were trying make money selling installers, something which I strongly felt must be free at the time.

I have not been employed by Microsoft since 2013, and now I understand how hard it can be to actually make a living.

Moreover, I have become aware that my own behavior in charging WiX users for the WiX APPX Desktop Bridge, which is neither free nor open source, and certainly costs an `incredible` sum of money by my earlier standards applied against InstallAware Software, may come across as hypocritical to some.

Adding insult to injury, I have also become aware that the WiX platform has some significant performance and scalability shortcomings, in comparison to some other more stable installer platforms (hint-hint). This has been yet a deeper blow to me, as I thought people used WiX for its technical merits and engineering ingenuity, albeit its steep learning curve. Now these core assumptions of mine have been put into question – maybe it was just a matter of whom I knew instead of what I knew all along?

Having recently turned 40, I have found time to reflect on these core questions, and what I find certainly merits a second apology.”

All of us at InstallAware Software accept Rob’s apology above, which does seem heart-felt and genuine this time round.

We thank Rob’s press secretary, Ms. First, for having liaised between Rob and InstallAware Software in issuing this apology. As Ms. First told us over the phone: “Rob called me and said he had to get this thing off his chest, but didn’t know how. When I offered to do the heavy lifting for him, he was so relieved! `April,` he said, `you’re a life-saver!` I’m just glad I could help.”

New InstallAware X6

March 5th, 2017

InstallAware X6 has launched with amazing new features:

o Visual Studio: 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017 enjoy one-click APPX builds directly from the Visual Studio Toolbar, even where Microsoft does not support it natively!

o Service Failure Actions: Amazing resiliency for your apps in the field with automatic restarts, reboots, messages, and more advanced Windows Service configuration.

o Team Foundation Server: Integrate with all versions 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017 – providing end-to-end source control directly with the InstallAware IDE.

o Open Source Desktop Bridge
: Want to add Desktop Bridges to WiX, InnoSetup, NSIS, or your own custom installer? Use our Desktop Bridge to monetize the Windows Store!

o Application Runtime Wizard: Create your own application runtimes from MSI or EXE installers, apply MST transforms to runtimes during installation.

Build APPX Windows Store packages with a single click on the Visual Studio 2012-2017 toolbar using InstallAware X6!

New InstallTailor and VS 2017 in InstallAware X6

February 19th, 2017

InstallAware X6 is launching on Friday this week, first and only to extend Visual Studio 2017 with one-click APPX, App-V, and Windows Installer setup builds directly from the Visual Studio 2017 toolbar!

Take a look at some of the most exciting features in InstallAware X6:

MST Creator: Need to do some install tailoring? Use the new InstallAware Transformer and create MST files containing your updated properties, directories, and features after completing a visual setup interview, just as if you were normally installing the MSI.

Service Failure Actions: Run programs, reboot the PC, restart your service, and display desktop notifications during the successive failures of your service, bullet-proofing your deployments post the point of installation, cutting your support costs.

Filters for PackageAware: Use three new setup capture filters to eliminate various sources of repackaging noise. Combine existing filters, create your own filters. Setup captures are now fully Unicode and still the fastest in the industry.

Restart Manager: Use the dedicated new Restart Applications command to gracefully close and relaunch (with state preservation) apps locking resources you need to update during an installation. Windows Installer engine setups automatically leverage the Restart Manager.

Command Line Variable Locking: Lock variable values from the command line for user interactive setups, guaranteeing critical parameters and installation settings are preserved during complex deployments – and easily tailoring your installations.

InstallAware also publishes an Open Source Desktop Bridge, giving you toll-free access through the Microsoft Desktop Bridge to the Universal Windows Platform Highway:

We know setup at InstallAware - where installs are at the speed of extraction!

InstallAware Holiday Upgrade

December 25th, 2016

InstallAware X5 contains years of continual improvements. For those of you on older versions, take a look at what you’re missing out on:

Version X5: The first version of InstallAware to support Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, featuring one-click APPX Build from all your setup projects, bridging you to the Universal Windows Platform Highway through Microsoft’s Desktop Bridge.

Version X4: The first version of InstallAware (and only installer in general) to support Facebook and Twitter social networks. Share and Tweet directly from your setups.

Version X3: The first InstallAware (and only installer) with fully automated virtual machine unit testing, including customizable tests.

Version X2: Doubled compression performance over previous versions of InstallAware. Programmatic shortcut pinning directly to the Windows 10 TaskBar or Start Menu without having to go through Windows Store. First and only installer with fading/sliding Setup Wizard Transition Effects.

InstallAware X5 is the best version of InstallAware in its 12 year history! Even if you won’t be upgrading to this latest and greatest version, please help yourself to not one but two free gifts from InstallAware, in the spirit of the Holiday Season:

Christmas Gift: Browse to and grab our Open Source APPX Builder, your toll-free gateway through Microsoft’s Desktop Bridge to the UWP Highway.

New Year Gift: Let’s face it, we all run out of disk space eventually. DiskZIP grows and accelerates your disks at the same time – and we’ve scored a special edition with free file compression, yours for the clicking at – but make sure to check out the exciting disk compression, while you’re at it.

From all of us at InstallAware, thanks once again for all your support over the years, and Happy Holidays!

InstallAware Open Sources APPX

December 11th, 2016

InstallAware has open sourced the library it built for Microsoft’s Desktop Bridge APPX creation at

InstallAware is the only vendor giving developers a free ride across Microsoft’s Desktop Bridge to the Universal Windows Platform Highway!

As we prepare to welcome 2017 in excitement of the coming holidays, we thought we’d put together a small holiday gift for you, our loyal developers – without whom we wouldn’t have lasted 12 years, save contributing to open source!

Free DiskZIP File Compression:

1) DiskZIP is our favorite tool to work with the 7ZIP Web Media Block files created by InstallAware.

2) It is also the best all around compression app for Windows, with patent pending Windows disk compression which they invented.

3) Take $100 worth file compression functionality, including Outlook integration, WinZip compatible ZIPX/JPEG compression, and WinRAR compatible RAR5 support; for free with DiskZIP InstallAware edition: (leave the serial field empty when installing)

Choose the software installer used by timeless software products such as Microsoft Office, Crytek Crysis, and Borland Delphi – brought to you by the largest independent software installation toolkit vendor.

From all of us at InstallAware, thanks once again for all your support over the years, and Happy Holidays!

InstallAware Thanksgiving Special

November 20th, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! There’s a lot we’re thankful for this year at InstallAware:

o Start Menu and Taskbar Pinning: If you’d rather not play the Windows Store/Universal Windows Platform game, InstallAware still gives your apps direct, unfettered access to prime Windows Desktop real estate!

o Native Engine Eclipses MSI: If Windows Installer is not your cup of tea, use InstallAware‘s Native Engine for faster, more resilient, and more flexible installers which work even in Windows Safe Mode.

o 64-bit Super Compression: Build the smallest setups while retaining full compatibility with 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems at the same time. Segment optional features off to optional web downloads.

o Transition FX and Aero: Support custom Aero translucent regions even on Windows 10, and make a lasting positive impression on your potential clients with app-savvy wizard transition special effects.

o Testing Automation: Spawn any number of virtual machine instances (local or remote) directly from your InstallAware IDE, and run (custom) unit tests to validate your integration engineering.

InstallAware elevates your apps to the limelight like no other!

InstallAware X5 Wins Multiple Awards in 2016

October 31st, 2016

It’s been an exciting year at InstallAware. Take a look at our latest 2016 awards:

- Visual Studio Magazine Reader’s Choice 2016 Award.
- ComponentSource Top 50 Publisher 2016 Award.

We’re also now shipping inside-the-box with Delphi, C++ Builder, and RAD Studio. InstallAware Express is available on versions XE8 through XE10.1 for free! If you’re one of the lucky users of Embarcadero compilers, help yourself using the GetIt Package Manager in your IDE.

It’s been an exciting year indeed, with everything from InstallAware X5 offering one-click Universal Windows Platform compilation for your existing Win32/Win64 apps, to latest Windows Redstone, .NET 4.6.2, SQL Server 2016 eco-system support.

Universal Windows Platform Builder

August 14th, 2016

Our launch of InstallAware X5 was a huge success two weeks ago.

InstallAware is the first – and only – installer with support for Windows 10.1 Redstone:

1) Build APPX Universal Windows Platform packages from existing (or new) setup projects.

2) Convert any existing MSI or EXE setup (even if you don’t have its source) to an APPX.

3) Target MSI, EXE, App-V, and InstallAware Virtualization formats from a single source.

New InstallAware X5 with APPX for Windows 10 Redstone

August 1st, 2016

InstallAware X5 is launching on Friday this week, with zero-day support for the latest summer hits from Microsoft:

APPX Builder: Build any InstallAware setup as a Windows 10 Redstone Universal Windows Platform application! Effortlessly carry your Win32, Win64, and .NET apps to the future.

Windows 10 Redstone: Detect and run setups on Windows 10 Redstone.

Visual Studio 15: Integrate with Visual Studio 15 and generate setup projects – and even build them – without ever leaving the Visual Studio 15 IDE.

New Runtimes: .NET Framework 4.6.2, SQL Server 2014 with Service Pack 2, [b]SQL Server 2016[/b] – you name it! If its included in the latest Redstone update cycle, InstallAware X5′s got it.

Touch Enabled and Snappy: The InstallAware X5 IDE is now touch-enabled, so feel free to fire it up on anything from handheld tablets to ultra high resolution displays (did we mention High DPI support too). Design views have been accelerated, helping you do more than before in less time.

Only InstallAware X5 generates APPX, App-V, InstallAware Virtualization, MSI Windows Installer, and EXE Native Code setups from a single source!