Windows Installer introduces a new, novel
concept called advertised
installs. An advertised install is essentially a setup
that runs without copying any files. Any registry entries,
shortcuts, file types that are installed by your setup will
be created - except the copying of the actual files. Because
shortcuts are created and file types are associated with the
application, the install seems complete to end-users.
Later, when an actual file type is opened
or a shortcut clicked, the Windows Installer service automatically
copies the necessary files and finalizes the installation.
What's even better is that all you need to
do in order to take advantage of this feature is just to choose
Advertised as the
type of your shortcuts and file types in the InstallAware
IDE. Windows Installer and InstallAware
takes care of the rest, and absolutely no changes to your
own program files are required.