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InstallAware Express Features


InstallAware Express provides an unsurpassed feature set, enabling you to build sophisticated installations in record time without any programming or scripting skills.



Lower Setup Development Costs

Windows Installer is finally scriptable. Its MSI without the rocket science.

Five Minutes to an Installer

Build setups in minutes using wizards, templates, and samples. Then make refinements using InstallAware's intuitive task-based views.


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Open Source Desktop Bridge

Exclusive! Open Source Desktop Bridge

Cross Microsoft's Desktop Bridge toll-free and carry your existing Win32, Win64, and .NET apps to the Windows Store, opening up new markets, reaching a new level of confidence with your customers, and carrying all your investments forward to the Universal Windows Platform Highway!


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Native Code Acceleration

New! Native Code Setup Engine with InstantInstall Acceleration

The Native Code engine runs faster than Windows Installer and let's you install/repair/uninstall in Windows Safe Mode! Now your setups will be immune to corrupted Windows Installer stacks on target computers, which would prevent setups to be installed through no fault of your own. When you use the Native Code Setup Engine, setups are accelerated with InstantInstall Technology to install an order of magnitude faster.


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Application Runtime Wizard

New! Application Runtime Wizard

The Application Runtime Wizard is a point-and-click way to create new, reusable technology prerequisite installers for application frameworks in addition to those that ship built-in with InstallAware. Consume new runtimes you build from all your InstallAware IDE instances, and inside any setups you create.


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New! Digital Rights Management
InstallAware DRM protects any Win32, Win64, or .NET application - with zero changes to your existing source code! Use any number of expiration parameters in Try-and-Die mode.

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Windows 10 October 2019 Update

Exclusive! Out-of-the-Box Windows 10 October 2019 Update Support

From displaying installation progress on the Windows Taskbar, to pinning them to the new Windows 10 Start Menu Live Tiles/Taskbar, InstallAware gives you the best exposure for your applications through smart use of the latest technology. Now with Visual Studio 2019, .NET Framework 4.8, and Windows 10 October 2019 Update eco-system integration.


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Run 64bit and 32bit setups from the same installer

Exclusive! Set up 64 Bit and 32 Bit Systems with the Same Installer

Detect and support x64 systems including AMD64, EM64T, and ARM64! Only InstallAware allows you to ship a single hybrid MSI for both your 32 bit and 64 bit customers.


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Detect and manage setups on virtual machines

Exclusive! Detect and Manage Setups on Virtual Machines

Now InstallAware can check your target system and detect whether the operating system is running on a virtual machine. A simple checkbox lets you limit distributions to physical machines.


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Exclusive! Acrylic Material with Fading/Sliding Wizard Transition Special Effects

InstallAware is the only installer that lets you build Microsoft Fluent Design System compliant installation wizards. InstallAware also ships with a built-in Acrylic Material setup theme so your setups look light years ahead of your competition! Brand-new fading/sliding setup wizard transition effects impress your app-savvy end-users and help you stand out from the crowd.


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One click dependency preinstalls, for MSXML, J Sharp, IE 6, C++ Runtimes, and more.

Exclusive! One-Click Technology Preinstalls

Deploy technology modules and runtimes, such as Microsoft SQL Express 2017, from your setup in a single step. Any related preinstalls are added to your project automatically. Plus, the preinstall sequence branches by platform.

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Build tiny patches based on byte-level diffs.

Exclusive! 1-Click Patching

Select your old and new setups, click Build Patch, and InstallAware automatically generates a native MSP-file that is packaged using advanced compression.

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Add DLLs to your project in six easy steps.

Extend Setups with Custom Programs

Run any program as part of your setup, without requiring a particular program location or having to install the program together with your setup. Run before/after your install/uninstall, or even from the finish dialog.


Dynamic Scanning Tool

Automatically add the file dependencies for your application to any selected directory or feature in your project.

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Enhanced! Automated Translations

Use InstallAware's Localization Wizard to automatically translate your user interface and MSIcode script. Switch languages at compile time or runtime. Existing translations are preserved when making changes to your MSIcode and user interface.

Project converters for Wise, InnoSetup, and NSIS.

Legacy Project Converters

Automatically import or convert project files from Wise, Inno Setup, or NSIS.

Import .REG files

Import .REG Files

Directly import Registry Keys and Values stored in .REG files or COM servers. Simply click Import from the Registry View, then browse to the file.

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New! Auto-Correcting Fields

Now with the auto-correcting IDE, you are spared from common authoring mistakes and pitfalls. Dismissible help hints have also been added to guide you through certain processes.


Fully Support Installation Standards

InstallAware produces Windows Installer packages that meet the stringent requirements of the Designed for Windows logo program.

Complete MSI Support

All InstallAware setups fully support industry-standard Windows Installer technology, and Group Policy management features. No proprietary runtime packages or dependencies are ever required. All packages are built to comply with Microsoft's Designed for Windows Logo certification specifications for application setup.

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InstallAware packages fully support self-healing applications and software resiliency.

New! Advanced Service Configuration with Service Failure Actions

Configure advanced Windows Service settings. Define failure actions to be executed at each successive failure of your service, bullet-proofing your deployments. Run programs (with custom command lines), restart computers, display reboot messages, restart services, and more.

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SHA256 code signing

New! SHA 256 Code Signing

Microsoft's requirements for code signing for 2016 and beyond are complex. InstallAware has distilled the requirements to fully automate SHA 256 bit code signing, single or double, as determined by the operating system hosting the build platform, whether files are already signed, and the type of file being signed.

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InstallAware packages fully support self-healing applications and software resiliency.

Self Healing Applications

Create self-healing applications by choosing the Advertised File Types option in the InstallAware IDE. No changes to your own program files are required.

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InstallAware packages fully support Windows Installer Advertising features.

Installation on Demand

The Advertised Shortcuts option in the InstallAware IDE activates installation on demand for your application. The source files can be placed in a Web Media Block — which accepts any URL or network file path — for remote download and installation.

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InstallAware setups install in locked-down environments.

Elevated Privilege Installations

InstallAware setups fully support installation onto secured or locked-down systems with the proper Group Policy settings.

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DIFx Device Driver Installations

Windows Driver Install Frameworks (DIFx) Support

Install drivers on x86, x64, and ia64 platforms. Optionally check for presence of the device, manage signature warnings and Add/Remove Program entries. Complete sample project included.


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Improved Download Success Rates

Unlimited web updates

New! Free Unlimited Triple-Mode Web Updates

Deploy an unlimited number of royalty-free application updates to your end-users. Plus, its possible to customize the update user experience - freely edit update dialogs, and tweak the update logic. Choose scheduled updates, or manual on-demand update checking, or automatic updates to guarantee that the latest version of your application always gets run and/or installed. Also ideal for building dynamically updated Software Bundles with your product.


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Download and install only the components that are called by your setup.

Exclusive! WebAware Installation™ Technology

Reduce download size by removing technology dependencies (such as the .NET Framework) or rarely used features from your main setup file. The main setup will download them seamlessly from the web as needed. Files required by the minimum configuration are included in the main package, which installs without a web connection. Interrupted downloads are automatically resumed without user interaction, for successful unattended installs.


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Compress MSIs and Windows Installer packages using 7Zip compression.

Exclusive! 64-bit Compression

Reduce the size of your setups and download packages by up to 90% with the LZMA compression algorithm and BCJ2 compression pre-processors. Only InstallAware provides advanced compression for Windows Installer setups. New 64-bit compression saves up to 30% more on large setup packages, in addition to your 32-bit compression savings!

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Industry Leading Installation Technology

Install multiple instances of the same MSI on the same machine.

Exclusive! Multi-Instance Support on All Windows Platforms

Allow users to install multiple copies of your application on the same system, without requiring instance transforms or adding an MSI 3.0 dependency. Supports Windows XP through Windows Server 2016 64-bit.


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Install and configure web applications for IIS.

Enhanced! IIS Support

InstallAware makes it easy to start, stop, and install IIS websites. Set up virtual folders and application servers. Configure permissions, logging, default pages, and MIME types. Support for IIS 8 is now included.


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Unpack and repack your Merge Modules and MSI dependencies to save between 20 and 67% over CAB file compression.

Exclusive! Dependency Decompressor

Unpack third-party MSIs and Merge Modules you wish to include with your project and leverage InstallAware's superior compression on your application's dependencies during the build process to further reduce the size of your installation package.

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Install .NET applications, the .NET framework, and .NET assemblies.

.NET 4.8 Support

Create .NET installations and distribute the .NET Framework, including .NET 4.8. Advanced compression reduces the size of the .NET Framework by up to 67%, simply by deploying the Framework with InstallAware - beating Microsoft's own best compressed sizes.

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Run database scripts in the MSI without having to install the driver first.
Enhanced! Universal Database Support
Run SQL scripts on Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Database, and My SQL platforms. Absolutely no client software is required on the target system to connect to the databases. SQL Server instances are now detected automatically on the network.

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Install Java applications on Windows systems.

Java Installation Support

Build Java application installations, with support for preinstalling Java Virtual Machines and runtime environments on Windows systems. Complete project sample included.

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Exclusive! Multi-Core Compression

Dual core, hyperthreaded processors, and multi core systems are automatically detected, allowing compression tasks to be spread across multiple (logical) CPUs to linearly reduce build times.

Schedule Windows tasks

Exclusive! Schedule Windows Tasks

The new Scheduled Tasks view lets you set up jobs to run on a local machine. Check for internet connections, launch programs, and pass command line parameters.


Superior User Experience

15 User interface dialog themes

Exclusive! Refined User Interface

Deliver setups that display the latest visual themes. 18 unique dialog themes, non-rectangular setup windows, Flash and HTML billboards, and brand-new fading/sliding wizard transition effects make your setups more interesting and more interactive.

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Exclusive! Automatic Removal of Prior Versions

When a previous version is detected, InstallAware will provide the option to uninstall it before proceeding with the installation — automatically. Other Windows Installer tools simply allow the setup to fail and exit.

Enterprise Software Deployment Support

Deploy InstallAware setups via Active Directory and Group Policy Objects.

Exclusive! Active Directory and Corporate Deployment Support for any EXE!

InstallAware setups are easily distributed through Group Policy Objects, and other software distribution systems. Now with the industry-unique capability to push any EXE across an Active Directory domain, without requiring any specialized client or server software - and indeed, without even needing to use Group Policy/MSI files! Build your own cloud, public or private, using InstallAware's Direct Deploy setup push technology.

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Set Access Permissions

Restrict or grant permission to system resources with a single script command. Manage groups and named account privileges.