InstallAware Studio is the only software installation solution for Windows that provides you with the latest features and technology support, with the advantages of true rapid-Windows Installer development productivity.
Lower Setup Development Costs
Exclusive! Hybrid Installation Technology with InstantInstall Acceleration
Your setups are now faster, immune to corrupted Windows Installer stacks on target systems (which would cause your setups to fail through no fault of your own), and best of all, you get to switch between Native Code and Windows Installer setup engines at runtime, as often as you need! Choose the Native Engine to enjoy software installers that are an order of magnitude faster than any other Windows Installer with InstantInstall Acceleration.
New! MSIX Builder
InstallAware shipped the first MSIX Builder of the industry in 2018! An enterprising vendor, who shall remain unnamed, had a clever idea. They simply searched and replaced all APPX strings in their legacy tool with MSIX instead, including the output file extension, and advertised MSIX support, months before they were ready. With InstallAware, what you see is what you get - no trickery involved!
Exclusive! Windows Store Bridge
InstallAware effortlessly bridges Win32, Win64, and .NET apps to the Windows Store, creating a Universal Windows app from a customizable template and helping your end-users download your apps directly from the Windows Store.
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! Build Events
New Build Events fire before and after compiling your setup, then before and after compressing your setup, and finally before and after wrapping your setup inside a Group Policy MSI container - giving you all the interrupts needed to inject any type of custom logic into the InstallAware build process.
Exclusive! Automated Virtual Machine Unit Testing
InstallAware is the only installer featuring virtual machine testing for your setups in an automated, customizable fashion. Use InstallAware's default unit test script, or customize and build your own. Test on multiple virtual machines simultaneously and see at a single glance failure and success on different guest operating systems.
Exclusive! Simplified Windows Installer Development
InstallAware’s powerful MSIcode simplifies setup development by transparently managing all of your Windows Installer conditions, installation sequences and parameters using a concise and human-readable setup language. Drop-in setup actions are configured using dialogs, without requiring programming skills. MSIcode builds a standard Windows Installer database package that fully supports advertising, install-on-demand, elevated privilege installation, and resiliency.
Exclusive! Hybrid App-V Builder
Exclusive! App-V Viewer
InstallAware is the only installer to ship with a fully functionaly App-V Viewer. Inspect the files, registry keys, application entry points, virtual services, and even the environment variables contained inside any App-V binary - even those that weren't built using InstallAware's App-V Builder.
New! Digital Rights Management
Exclusive! Out-of-the-Box Windows 10 April 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 April 2019 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! Mirrored Code and Visual Development
InstallAware's advanced development tools include wizards, templates, drag-and-drop editing, and refined task views — with the added benefit of immediate MSIcode generation. Start a project in seconds in with visual tools, then switch to the Code View to add branching logic, variables, and advanced configuration options. Unlike InstallShield's isolated script and visual environments, when you modify settings in one view, the other view changes instantly.
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! Now with fading/sliding wizard transition special effects to delight your app-savvy end-users.
InstallAware's powerful dialog editor lets you
customize the 18 pre-built setup themes, or design your
own themes. A full range of visual controls are
available, including Explorer-style browse
functionality, and HTML/Flash containers.
Exclusive! One-Click Technology Preinstalls
Deploy technology modules and runtimes, such as
Microsoft SQL Express 2016, from your setup in a single
step. Any related preinstalls are added to your project
automatically. Plus, the preinstall sequence branches by
Exclusive! Customization without Complexity
InstallAware setups launch without having to install dependencies or script engines. Still, you can completely customize your setup even if you don't have a computer science degree, or advanced Windows Installer knowledge.
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 DLLs
Run any DLL as part of your setup, without requiring a particular function format or Windows Installer sequencing. MSIcode allows you to pass parameters from your setup to a DLL and integrate the return values.
Exclusive! Extend Setups with Plug-Ins
Build your own setup plug-ins that
natively interact with InstallAware MSIcode. Use your favorite
programming language to perform complex setup tasks,
without being encumbered by MSI constraints or a foreign
Exclusive! Integrated Product Configuration Management
All the code necessary to build different configurations of your product is included in your project, plus compiler variables allow you to specify different output media, product names, compression settings, even different feature sets from the same source.
Reference separate blocks of MSIcode using the Include Scripts command, which allows you to build a collection of setup functions that can be used in many different setup projects.
New! Script Functions
MSIcode now includes a new Return from Include Script command, which helps you build your very own MSIcode functions with their custom return values.
Debug your setups visually with the integrated debugger. Set variable watches, step through code line by line, override variable values.
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. Interruped downloads are automatically resumed after a brief wait, ensuring successful away-from-the-keyboard installations.
Exclusive! Superior 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, and Merge Modules. Beat Microsoft's own runtime sizes with InstallAware's brand-new 64-bit compression engine.
Industry Leading Installation Technology
Exclusive! Run Nested MSI Setups and Capture Progress
Deploy any MSI setup seamlessly within your InstallAware Wizard — even capture progress from the nested MSI. Install any feature set that the MSI offers, fully customizing the setup from the command line.
Exclusive! Post to Social Networks
Query for social network credentials at any time your setup is running on end-user systems. Tweet on Twitter, and Share on Facebook, obtaining the success state of the postings before continuing with your installation. Just create an app on Twitter and Facebook, paste your credentials in the new InstallAware plug-ins, and you're good to go social.
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 10 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 4.8 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.
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.
NEW! Serial Number Generation
A new sample project provides MSIcode to build a unique 25 digit serial number generator and perform serial number validation in your wizard based on variables such as username, company, and/or other criteria. Serial numbers are not restricted to a simple range of numbers.
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! Dynamic Feature Lists
Use MSIcode and variables to define product features based on target conditions or user entitlements. Only InstallAware provides feature-level customizations at runtime.
Exclusive! System Tray Minimized Setups
The new System Tray MSIcode command allows you to minimize your setup as an icon in the system tray. Use the MessageBalloon command to prompt users when a process needs their attention.
Exclusive! Schedule Windows Tasks
The new Schedule Task MSIcode command 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! Collect User Feedback and Product Registrations
An easily edited sample project demonstrates how to perform online user registration as part of the installation process. When uninstalling, the project asks the user for product feedback and submits it to your website.
Exclusive! Dynamic User Validation
Use the included Authentication sample project to pass parameters or credentials to your website and save the results in a local file, which you search for the required authentication. Open access to certain features or to the entire setup.
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.
Autorun CD Browsers
Create a simple and completely customizable wizard that appears automatically when your product CD is inserted, enabling users to launch setups, view documentation, launch a web browser and view resources on your website. All MSIcode functions are available for use in the CD Browser.
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 clouds, public or private.
Set Access Permissions
Restrict or grant permission to system resources with a single script command. Manage groups and named account privileges.