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Design Features InstallAware InstallShield
macOS Builds with Apple Notarization  
Linux Builds with GTK2 and Qt5  
Torrent/Magnet Downloads, P2P Setup Hosting  
Ethereum Cryptocurrency Payments, Blockchain Records  
MSIX Next Generation Package Format
ARM64 Platform (Qualcomm Snapdragon Cellular PC)  
APPX Universal Windows Platform (Desktop Bridge)
100% Accurate, Visual, Windows Features Configuration  
100% Accurate, Visual, Server Roles Configuration  
InstallTailor MST Creation with Transformer  
Open Source Desktop Bridge  
Advanced Service Configuration
Configure Service Failure Actions
Twitter and Facebook Integration  
Stand Alone IDE
Visual Wizards
Setup Capture (Repackaging)
Windows 8.0 Start Screen Force Unpin/Pin  
Windows 8.1 Start Screen Force Pin  
Windows 10/11 Start Menu Live Tiles Force Unpin/Pin  
Visual Studio Integration (2022/2019/17/15/13/12/10/08/05/03)  
Windows 7/8.x/10/11 Taskbar Application Pinning  
ISO/IEC 19770-2:2009 SWID Tags
Force Shortcut to Run as Administrator  
Automatic Windows Certification Compliancy  
Dynamic File Linking
Dynamic Features  
Two-Way Integrated Editing (Visual/Code)  
One-Click Patching  
Service Support
Database Support
Compiler Directives
Manual ICE Validation
Automation Interface
Web Applications
Unlimited Web Updates  
Update Client Source Code  
Import MSI/MSM Windows Installer Database
Inline Updates  
Direct Driverless Setup Capture  
Software Bundles and Automatic Web Updates  
TFS (2018/17/15/13/12/10)/VSTS/Azure DevOps Services  
Automated Virtual Machine Testing  
Build Events
Application Runtime Wizard
Technology Support InstallAware InstallShield
64-bit Compression  
Parallel Build Engine  
Assign Build Affinities  
InstantInstall Acceleration  
Restart Manager
Command Line Variable Locking  
Extra-Long File Paths  
Direct Deploy  
Native Code Setup Engine
Hybrid Installation Technology  
App-V Package Builder
App-V Package Viewer  
32 bit & 64 bit Hybrid App-V  
App-V MSI Deployment
Try-And-Die DRM for Win32, Win64, .NET
Windows 11 Support  
LZMA/BCJ2 Compression  
Multi-Core Compression  
256 bit AES Encryption  
Windows Installer
Merge Modules
Web Media Blocks (Partial Web Deployment/ WebAware Installation)  
Interactive Flash Billboards
Interactive HTML Billboards  
Maintenance/Repair Installation
Scriptable Uninstallation
Windows 10/8.x Support
One-Click 64-bit Support  
DIFx 2.1 Support
Genuine Scripting for Windows Installer (MSIcode Scripting)  
Hybrid 32 bit/64 bit Single File Installer  
System Tray Minimizable Wizards  
Virtual Machine Detection
Extensibility InstallAware InstallShield
Call Any DLL Function
Unified Scripting (Install/Maintain/Uninstall)  
International Support InstallAware InstallShield
Supported Languages 35 35
Languages Included in Base Package 35 1
Edit Languages  
Redistributable Translation Environment  
Runtime Dialogs InstallAware InstallShield
Pre-built Setup Themes 18 10
Pre-built Runtime Dialogs 313 83
Dialog Editor
Create New Setup Themes  
Available Dialog Controls 43 25
Automatic Variable Passing to/from Script  
Alpha Blending and Transparency  
Mica Material, Dark Mode, Acrylic Material, Aero Glass  
Fade/Slide Wizard Transition FX  
Build and Distribution Media InstallAware InstallShield
CD / DVD Optical Media
Self Extracting EXE
Light Mode Setups (no setup runtime)  
Differential Binary Patching
Partial Web Deployment with Web Media Blocks (WebAware Installation)  
Custom Icons in Setup Executables
Release Management (multiple builds)
Command Line Build Tools
SHA 256 Authenticode Code Signing, EV Certificates  
Redistributable Build Interface  
Web Based Automation Interface  
Target Platforms InstallAware InstallShield
XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/2008 R2/8/2012/8.1/2012 R2/10/2016/2019/2022/11  
.NET Framework
Internet Information Services
Microsoft SQL Server
Oracle, Oracle Net
Pre-install MSI runtime including x64 Editions
Pre-install .NET Framework x64 Editions
Pre-install of .NET Framework 1.1 with Service Pack 1  
Pre-install of .NET Framework 2.0 with Service Pack 2
Pre-install of .NET Framework 3.0 with Service Pack 2  
Pre-install of .NET Framework 3.5 with Service Pack 1
Pre-install of .NET Framework 4.0, 4.5.2, 4.6.2, 4.7.2  
Pre-install of .NET Framework 4.8.1, 5.0.17, 6.0.20, 7.0.9  
Pre-install Internet Explorer 6
Pre-install Internet Explorer 7  
Pre-install Internet Explorer 8
Pre-install Internet Explorer 9
Pre-install Internet Explorer 10
Pre-install Internet Explorer 11
Pre-install Java Virtual Machine
Pre-install Microsoft SQL Server Express 2022