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Convert Wise Files to MSI

Discover the Windows Installer solution Wise should have built...but didn't.

Wise once set the standard for ease-of-use when building software setups, but lost their competitive edge after failing to develop true MSI Scripting capabilities following the release of Windows Installer.  With InstallAware, users can get the same ease-of-use and two-way interface that Wise was once famous for, but with the unique capability to build an MSI file from an installation script.

InstallAware's advanced setup development language leaves Windows Installer sequence restrictions behind and gives you complete control over your Windows Installer. Using a unique combination of scripting and visual development, all actions made in the Visual Designer are instantly converted to MSIcode, and all changes made in the Code view are immediately shown in the Visual Designer.  Although Wise for Windows Installer's "MSI Script" and visual interface may look similar, "MSI Script" is not really a script at all, but a simplified view of the Windows Installer database sequence tables used for inserting custom actions.

To counteract the Discontinuance of Wise for Windows Installer, InstallAware developed a solution to protect and preserve your investment in your WiseScript library. InstallAware now offers a built-in converter for all your WiseScript files - making your low-cost upgrade to InstallAware seamless and productive.

Download Your 30 Day Free Trial and discover how InstallAware makes setup development for the Microsoft Installer (.MSI) format easier and faster than Wise for Windows Installer. Even better, take advantage of our competitive upgrade discount and receive 33% off when you order InstallAware! All you need is a valid Wise product ID.

 

InstallAware
Wise (MSI)
Wise (non-MSI)
Current Version X6
7 Enterprise
9 Professional
Design Features
InstallAware (MSI)
Wise (MSI)
Wise (non MSI)
APPX Universal Windows Platform (Desktop Bridge) Supported Feature Checkmark
InstallTailor MST Creator Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Open Source Desktop Bridge Supported Feature Checkmark
Advanced Service Configuration Supported Feature Checkmark
Configure Service Failure Actions Supported Feature Checkmark
Twitter and Facebook Integration Supported Feature Checkmark
Stand Alone IDE Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Visual Wizards Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Setup Capture Supported Feature Checkmark
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Windows 8.0 Start Screen Force Unpin/Pin Supported Feature Checkmark
Windows 8.1 Start Screen Force Pin Supported Feature Checkmark
Windows 10 Start Menu Live Tiles Force Unpin/Pin Supported Feature Checkmark
Visual Studio Integration Supported Feature Checkmark
Windows 7/8.x/10 Taskbar Application Pinning Supported Feature Checkmark
ISO/IEC 19770-2:2009 SWID Tags Supported Feature Checkmark
Force Shortcut to Run as Administrator Supported Feature Checkmark
Automatic Windows Certification Compliancy Supported Feature Checkmark
Automatic Logo Compliancy Supported Feature Checkmark
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Dynamic File Linking Supported Feature Checkmark
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Dynamic Features Supported Feature Checkmark
Scripting Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Two-Way Integrated Editing (Visual/Code) Supported Feature Checkmark
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One-Click Patching Supported Feature Checkmark
Debugger Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Service Support Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Database Support Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Compiler Directives Supported Feature Checkmark
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Manual ICE Validation Supported Feature Checkmark
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Automation Interface Supported Feature Checkmark
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Web Applications Supported Feature Checkmark
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Unlimited Web Updates Supported Feature Checkmark
Update Client Source Code Supported Feature Checkmark
Import MSI/MSM Windows Installer Database Supported Feature Checkmark
Inline Updates Supported Feature Checkmark
Direct Driverless Setup Capture Supported Feature Checkmark
Software Bundles and Automatic Web Updates Supported Feature Checkmark
Team Foundation Server Integration (2017/15/13/12/10) Supported Feature Checkmark
Automated Virtual Machine Testing Supported Feature Checkmark
Build Events Supported Feature Checkmark
Application Runtime Wizard Supported Feature Checkmark
Technology Support
InstallAware (MSI)
Wise (MSI)
Wise (non MSI)
64-bit Compression Supported Feature Checkmark
InstantInstall Acceleration Supported Feature Checkmark
Restart Manager Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Command Line Variable Locking Supported Feature Checkmark
Extra-Long File Paths Supported Feature Checkmark
Direct Deploy Supported Feature Checkmark
Hybrid 32 bit/64 bit Single File Installer Supported Feature Checkmark
System Tray Minimizable Wizards Supported Feature Checkmark
Virtual Machine Detection Supported Feature Checkmark
Native Code Setup Engine Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Hybrid Installation Technology Supported Feature Checkmark
App-V Package Builder Supported Feature Checkmark
App-V Package Viewer Supported Feature Checkmark
32 bit & 64 bit Hybrid App-V Supported Feature Checkmark
App-V MSI Deployment Supported Feature Checkmark
Try-And-Die DRM for Win32, Win64, .NET Supported Feature Checkmark
Windows 10 Redstone Support Supported Feature Checkmark
LZMA/BCJ2 Compression Supported Feature Checkmark
Multi-Core Compression Supported Feature Checkmark
Compression
LZMA/BCJ2
CAB
ZIP
256 bit AES Encryption Supported Feature Checkmark
Windows Installer Supported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature Checkmark
Merge Modules Supported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature Checkmark
Web Media Blocks (Partial Web Deployment/WebAware Installation) Supported Feature Checkmark
Interactive Flash Billboards Supported Feature Checkmark
Interactive HTML Billboards Supported Feature Checkmark
Maintenance/Repair Installation Supported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature Checkmark
Scriptable Uninstallation Supported Feature Checkmark
Windows 8.x Support Supported Feature Checkmark
One-Click 64-bit Support Supported Feature Checkmark
DIFx 2.1 Support Supported Feature Checkmark
Genuine Scripting for Windows Installer (MSIcode Scripting) Supported Feature Checkmark
Hybrid 32 bit/64 bit Single File Installer Supported Feature Checkmark
System Tray Minimizable Wizards Supported Feature Checkmark
Virtual Machine Detection Supported Feature Checkmark
Extensibility
InstallAware (MSI)
Wise (MSI)
Wise (non MSI)
EXE Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Plug-Ins Supported Feature Checkmark
Call Any DLL Function Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Unified Scripting (Install/Maintain/Uninstall) Supported Feature Checkmark
International Support
InstallAware (MSI)
Wise (MSI)
Wise (non MSI)
Supported Languages 35 5 5
Languages Included in Base Package 35 5 5
Edit Languages Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Redistributable Translation Environment Supported Feature Checkmark
Runtime Dialogs
InstallAware (MSI)
Wise (MSI)
Wise (non MSI)
Pre-built Setup Themes 17 4 1
Pre-built Runtime Dialogs 270 9 9
Dialog Editor Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Create New Setup Themes Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Available Dialog Controls 43 22 12
Automatic Variable Passing to/from Script Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Alpha Blending and Transparency Supported Feature Checkmark
Aero Glass Supported Feature Checkmark
Fade/Slide Wizard Transition FX Supported Feature Checkmark
Build and Distribution Media
InstallAware (MSI)
Wise (MSI)
Wise (non MSI)
CD-ROM Optical Media Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Self-Extracting EXE Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Light Mode Setups (no setup runtime) Supported Feature Checkmark
Differential Binary Patching Supported Feature Checkmark
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Internet Deployment with Web Media Blocks (WebAware Installation) Supported Feature Checkmark
Custom Icons in Setup Executables Supported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature Checkmark
Release Management (multiple builds) Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Command Line Build Tools Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
SHA 256 Authenticode Code Signing Supported Feature Checkmark
Redistributable Build Interface Supported Feature Checkmark
Web Based Automation Interface Supported Feature Checkmark
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Target Platforms
InstallAware (MSI)
Wise (MSI)
Wise (non MSI)
Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/2008 R2/8/2012/8.1/2012 R2/10/2016 Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
.NET Framework Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Internet Information Services Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Microsoft SQL Server Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
My SQL Supported Feature Checkmark
Oracle, Oracle Net Supported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install MSI runtime including x64 Edition Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install .NET Framework x64 Editions Supported Feature Checkmark Supported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install of .NET Framework 1.1 with Service Pack 1 Supported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install of .NET Framework 2.0 with Service Pack 2 Supported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install of .NET Framework 3.0 with Service Pack 2 Supported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install of .NET Framework 3.5 with Service Pack 1 Supported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install of .NET Framework 4.0, 4.5.2 Supported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install of .NET Framework 4.6 Supported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Supported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install Java Virtual Machine Supported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install Microsoft SQL Server Express 2016 with SP1 Supported Feature Checkmark
Pricing
InstallAware (MSI)
Wise (MSI)
Wise (non MSI)
Discounted price (US Dollars)
Discontinued
Discontinued

 

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What Do Our Customers Say About InstallAware?

Using InstallAware’s MSIcode, we have drastically reduced the need for creating custom plug-ins. Our InstallAware setup dynamically defines the features and files to be installed. Instead of building, maintaining, and shipping separate installers for all the languages, IDEs, and product editions that we offer, we are now able to build and deliver a single install image. This has dramatically reduced our integration workload along with reducing our costs. Allen Bauer, Chief Scientist at CodeGear

I know absolutely nothing about creating Windows Installer installations but with InstallAware I don't need to. It's so easy to get quickly up and running with InstallAware. David Clegg, eBetOnline

InstallAware is a one-of-a-kind product. I searched high and low for a solution to provide the ability to download and install runtimes from the Internet only if they are needed. InstallAware was the only program I could find that offered this for all the runtimes needed. Chris Hoffman, Mystik Media

InstallAware is the best MSI based installer available at this time. As software developers we really like the ability to drop down to the InstallAware scripting level which is still quite easy to use yet flexible enough for our complex tasks. Most MSI based installers that we looked at were difficult to use because of a lack of ability to drop down to a scripting style model and were expensive to boot. Jim Gunkel, Nevrona Systems

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