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
Five Minutes to an Installer
Build setups in minutes using wizards, templates, and samples. Then make refinements using InstallAware's intuitive task-based views.
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!
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.
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.
New! Digital Rights Management
Exclusive! Out-of-the-Box Windows 10 October 2018 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 2017, .NET Framework 4.7.2, and Windows 10 October 2018 Update eco-system integration.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Legacy Project Converters
Automatically import or convert project files from Wise, Inno Setup, or NSIS.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elevated Privilege Installations
InstallAware setups fully support installation onto secured or locked-down systems with the proper Group Policy settings.
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.
Improved Download Success Rates
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.
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.
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!
Industry Leading Installation Technology
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.
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.
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.
.NET 4.7.2 Support
Create .NET installations and distribute the .NET
Framework, including .NET 4.7.2. 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.
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.
Java Installation Support
Build Java application installations, with support for preinstalling Java Virtual Machines and runtime environments on Windows systems. Complete project sample included.
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
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
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
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.
Set Access Permissions
Restrict or grant permission to system resources with a single script command. Manage groups and named account privileges.