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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.