IMPORTANT NOTICE: Microsoft’s Security Update – Impact on InstallShield and InstallShield for AdminStudio (KB2962872)

On 12-August-2014, Microsoft released KB2976627 (MS14-051), a security update for Internet Explorer. This update replaces KB2962872 (MS14-037), an earlier Microsoft security update that led to crashes in InstallShield and InstallShield for AdminStudio. Security update KB2976627 (MS14-051) has been found to resolve those crashes. Therefore, it is recommended that users who are affected by that issue install security update KB2976627 (MS14-051) on their machines. Once this security update has been applied, InstallShield patch IOJ-1662902 can be uninstalled.

17-July-2014 – While Microsoft continues to develop a fix through Windows Update to address this issue, Flexera Software has created an interim solution. This patch resolves the crashes caused by KB2962872 (MS14-037) for all affected versions of InstallShield and InstallShield for AdminStudio.

11-July-2014 – On 8-July-2014, Microsoft released KB2962872 (MS14-037), a security update for Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

Please be advised that applying Microsoft security update KB2962872 (MS14-037) may cause the InstallShield or InstallShield for AdminStudio application to crash upon launch.

NOTE: The issue affects only InstallShield development tools and does not affect InstallShield Standalone Build or any installers built with InstallShield.

Products Affected

  • InstallShield 2008 through 2014
  • InstallShield for AdminStudio Edition 8.6 through v.12 (2013)

Products Not Affected

  • InstallShield versions prior to InstallShield 2008
  • InstallShield Limited Edition for Visual Studio

Get the InstallShield Patch (IOJ-1662902)

UPDATE 12-August-2014: With the release of Microsoft Update KB2976627 (MS14-051) the InstallShield Patch IOJ-1662902 is no longer needed. Once KB2976627 (MS14-051) has been installed, the InstallShield Patch can be uninstalled.

The InstallShield patch can be obtained through two different methods and resolves the InstallShield crash issues caused by Windows Update KB2962872 (MS14-037). This patch works for all affected versions of InstallShield and InstallShield for AdminStudio. This patch will disable the ability to build projects using InstallShield’s Trialware features: Try and Die, and Try and Buy.

  • Installable Patch:
    • Download and Run InstallShieldIOJ1662902Update.exe
    • This patch can be uninstalled to restore the InstallShield Trialware capabilities.
      • Uninstall of the patch is not advised until after Microsoft releases a Windows Update fix. We will update this page at that time.
  • Manual Installation files:
    • Download
    • Make a backup of
      • \<ProgramFiles>\InstallShield\<version>\System\ClientPliApi.dll
      • \<ProgramFiles>\InstallShield\<version>\System\ProtectionProcessor.dll
    • Extract to
      • \<ProgramFiles>\InstallShield\<version>\System\

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