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Design Features

InstallAware

InstallShield

APPX Universal Windows Platform (Desktop Bridge)
 
 
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 Start Menu Live Tiles Force Unpin/Pin
 
 
Visual Studio Integration (2017/15/13/12/10/08/05/03)
 
 
Windows 7/8.x/10 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
 
Scripting
 
 
Two-Way Integrated Editing (Visual/Code)
 
One-Click Patching
 
 
Debugger
 
 
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
 
 
Team Foundation Server Integration (2017/15/13/12/10)
 
 
Automated Virtual Machine Testing
 
 
Build Events
 
 
Application Runtime Wizard
 
 

 

 

Technology Support

InstallAware

InstallShield

64-bit Compression
 
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 10 Redstone 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 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

EXE
 
 
Plug-Ins
 
 
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
17
10
Pre-built Runtime Dialogs
297
83
Dialog Editor
 
 
Create New Setup Themes
 
 
Available Dialog Controls
43
25
Automatic Variable Passing to/from Script
 
 
Alpha Blending and Transparency
 
 
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
 
 
Redistributable Build Interface
 
 
Web Based Automation Interface
 

 

 

Target Platforms

InstallAware

InstallShield

Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/2008 R2/8/2012/8.1/2012 R2/10/2016
 
.NET Framework
 
 
Internet Information Services
 
 
Microsoft SQL Server
 
 
My SQL
 
 
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
 
 
Pre-install of .NET Framework 4.6.x, 4.7
 
 
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 2016 SP1