InstallShield
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Complex Install Builds Made Easy—Web, Cloud, Virtual, and Traditional

Creating world-class Windows application installers doesn’t happen by accident. Today’s computing environments are complex… and so are software installation requirements.

Software companies serious about providing reliable, professional installations for their applications trust InstallShield to handle this complexity. InstallShield is the only software installer that can directly convert MSIs to Microsoft App-V virtual packages.

  • Supports all the latest technologies—Windows and multiplatform.
  • Creates a reliable customer installation experience every time.
  • Ideal for both novice and seasoned installation developers.
  • Enables you to offer your product as a cloud-ready virtual appliance.
  • Supports agile and distributed installation development environments.
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A quick and easy tool for creating Windows installer (MSI) installations A powerful Windows installation solution for MSI, EXE and UWP World’s top Windows installation solution plus cloud, UWP and WSA
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Easy to learn and use X X X
Support for latest Microsoft technologies
Supports Windows 10, Windows 8.x, Windows Server 2016 and Visual Studio 2017
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Avoid risk exposure and non-compliance
Creates ISO 19770-2 software identification tags
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Fits into any budget X X X
Available in different languages X X X
Create DPI-aware installations X X X
Microsoft Visual Studio Integration
Supports Visual Studio 2015. Add project output groups and integrate into source control, build processes
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Support Microsoft Certificate Requirements
Support for SHA-256 certificates and digests
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Custom Windows 10 Tiles X X X
Open Source Software Detection and Risk Assessment X X X
Support easy upgrades
Develops upgrades that detect multiple instances and allow users to choose instance
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Windows 7 and 8 validation testing X X
Advanced UI designer
Uses a wizard to create contemporary installations
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Create pure 64-bit installations X X
Deploy to hybrid cloud databases
Enables hybrid cloud SQL deployments through Microsoft Azure SQL Database scripting capabilities
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Automation Interface
Leverage automation scripts to add files and features, initiate builds
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Provide deployment metadata
Creates metadata for enterprises through Microsoft® System Center 2012 Configuration Manager support
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Ensure users always have the latest version of your application installed
Automatically checks for the latest updates and patches and then downloads current installer
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Streamline installation scripting
Simplifies scripting within enterprise best practices with PowerShell support
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Maintain a clean build system
Professional Edition includes one free Standalone Build license. Premier Edition includes five licenses.
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Reduce development time
Speeds building installations by moving pieces of an existing project to another project
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Easily customize your installations
Supports modifying the layout of existing end-user dialogs, managing multiple product versions, and more
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Customize your installations with InstallScript
Adds custom actions to MSI projects or create InstallScript projects that control your entire installation
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Test your app for compatibility with UWP and WSA app packages X X
Create UWP app packages from MSI projects X X
Create WSA packages from MSI projects X X
Mapped MSI Table Relationships X X
Combine multiple UWP app packages into one X
Simplify installations for complex apps
Supports Microsoft Web Deploy and provides flexible web application deployment: local machines, remote servers in the data center or Microsoft Azure in the cloud
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Simplify multi-tiered installations
Uses multi-tier installation templates to deploy web/server applications as a single cloud-ready package
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Provision virtual machines for efficient testing X
Automate installing Windows roles and features X
Run PowerShell scripts from Suite/Advanced UI installations
Streamlines server configuration tasks by running PowerShell scripts, the enterprise scripting language of choice
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Create Microsoft App-V installations
Builds both physical and virtual packages from the same build process
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Virtualization suitability testing
Ensures compatibility with virtualization technologies, such as Microsoft App-V, VMware ThinApp and Citrix XenApp
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Sideloading Windows store apps
Enables Windows Store and desktop apps to be bundled and installed through a single installer outside the Windows Store
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Enhanced Suite capabilities
Offers import and reference of PRQ files, dynamic links, and advanced reporting/logging as well as a new UI for custom conditions
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Support complex requirements with minimal scripting and coding
Easily bundles multiple products together into a single, unified suite installation, eliminating the need for a custom launcher or bootstrapper application
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Provide a streamlined experience
Saves end users time with a quick start, small file download
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Support distributed, collaborative installation development
Add-on module, helps distributed product developers and technical writers more efficiently create their installation content. Premier Edition includes 5 licenses.
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Avoid common installation issues
Validators alert you if your installation violates any best practices guidelines
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Localize your installation
Support multilingual installations for 35 runtime languages from one installation project
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Quickly roll out new installations
Provides network repositories of common elements which multiple installation authors can access/reuse
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Save time with the IIS Scanner
Imports the IIS data from an existing Web site into your InstallShield project
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