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InstallAware Wins Readers Choice Award

November 1st, 2015

The results are in! Microsoft Developer Community selected InstallAware as the Readers Choice Award Winner in the INSTALLATION, SETUP AND DEPLOYMENT TOOLS category. Thank you very much for helping make us the number one installer – we couldn’t have done this without you. For the fourth time, Visual Studio Magazine readers have honored InstallAware as [...]

An Exciting Scene from the New Star Wars Film

September 4th, 2015

The newly minted Jedi hero is running away from the bad guys and its raining laser fire on him. He barely makes it to his spacecraft, only to find his weapon falling away from him. As the craft ascends, he is desperate and stretching to pick up his weapon.

InstallAware X3 Benefits

August 9th, 2015

InstallAware X3 launched simultaneously with Windows 10 on July 29th. Our launch was a huge success. InstallAware X3‘s merits speak for themselves: Automated Virtual Machine Testing: Run as many simultaneous tests as your hardware can handle on VMware and Hyper-V platforms. The default unit test checks for successful installation and removal of any existing InstallAware [...]

InstallAware X3 First with Automated Virtual Machine Testing

July 26th, 2015

New InstallAware X3, launching on Wednesday this week, is first to market with automated virtual machine unit testing, Windows 10 support, and a host of other improvements: Automated Virtual Machine Testing: Supports VMware Workstation, VMware vSphere, and Microsoft Hyper-V. Connect to local VMs or VMs hosted in the cloud on any supported server. Use the [...]

When a Competitor Stoops Really Low

June 8th, 2015

A competitor who shall remain unnamed has stooped really low. We contracted outside SEO expert Michael Cottam, after observing for over three years a professionally executed and well camouflaged SEO attack on the ‘installaware’ keyword: our brand, our trademark, and our property. His findings make for a terrifying read: All of us at InstallAware [...]

Happy New Year from InstallAware

January 4th, 2015

InstallAware X2 is the perfect New Year’s Resolution for all setup developers: Fastest: New InstallAware X2 creates setups that install 50% faster than InstallShield (when InstallScript is used) and 17% faster than WiX (or Windows Installer) (1). Smallest: New InstallAware X2 creates setups that are 174% smaller than InstallShield (when InstallScript is used) and 224% [...]

50% Faster and 174% Smaller than InstallShield

December 14th, 2014

A new benchmark analyzed the compression efficiency and installation speeds of one open source and two leading commercial installation platforms, finding that the commercial InstallAware X2 platform defeated both the commercial InstallShield 2014 platform and the open source WiX 3.9 platform; on both speed and size. Initial Approach: The InstallAware X2 Program Files folder, containing [...]

InstallAware X2: Celebrating A Decade of InstallAware

November 30th, 2014

Over the course of the past fourteen months, InstallAware engineers have been hard at work putting together a release worthy of our tenth year in business: InstantInstall Acceleration: InstallAware is now the fastest installer on Windows. InstantInstall technology accelerates any existing Native Engine InstallAware setup by an order of magnitude – installing your apps literally [...]

Microsoft Security Update KB2962872 Breaks InstallShield; InstallAware 18 Offers Flexible and Secure Upgrade Path.

July 13th, 2014

Microsoft’s Security Update KB2962872 is crashing multiple versions of InstallShield as described at … tallshield, rendering a very expensive product inoperative. While InstallShield is currently researching the nature of the problem as described at, InstallAware offers a very flexible upgrade path to all developers and administrators affected by the issue. InstallShield have made [...]

List of Bug Fixes in InstallAware 18.08

November 9th, 2013

From 18.07: The new SQL Server 2014 RTM runtime now replaces the old SQL Server 2014 CTP2 beta. Code signing for the actual MSI payload is now operational. Visual C++ 11 runtimes with ATL, MFC, C++ AMP, and OpenMP are now available. From 18.06: SSD detection on RAID arrays and virtual machines failed. From 18.05: [...]