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Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Unleashed, Third Edition by Mike Snell, Lars Powers

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Introducing Windows Installer and InstallShield Deployments

InstallShield is an installer technology created by Flexera; Visual Studio 2015 ships with a version of this software called InstallShield Limited Edition. InstallShield generates installation packages (MSI files), which contain all the information that the Windows Installer runtime needs to execute and support the installation process for that particular payload.

The basic process looks like this:

1. InstallShield, based on your input, bundles your application and its resources within a setup package, typically referred to as an MSI file because of its default .msi file extension. MSI files are a cohesive unit of deployment that is understood by the Windows Installer runtime.

2. The ...

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