InstallAware Studio Admin

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“InstallAware Studio Admin is the premier software installation solution for Windows Installer that provides you with true Windows Installer rapid development productivity.”InstallAware


InstallAware Studio Admin is their admin-focused edition of their Windows Installer product.

It’s scripting engine lives within Windows Installer and extends native capabilities to help perform things like custom checks and actions without having to have knowledge out how such things might be done in Windows Installer.

InstallAware claim to be #2 in terms of market share but no data is presented to support this. They do market aggressively against InstallShield.

It is also worth mentioning that InstallAware have an open source project now. It contains an APPX Builder library and an example console applet.

Key things to know

  • Feature Rich

    InstallAware have been working hard to continually extend the features of their suite. You’ll find an exhaustive list of such features here.

  • Multiple Editions

    The Admin Studio edition of InstallAware is it’s most feature rich edition (and the only edition that includes a repackaging solution), but it does offer four editions in total. You can see a quick comparison of all four here. There is a cheaper, Express Edition, a Developer Edition, a Studio Edition and even a Free Edition that integrates with Visual Studio.

  • Application Virtualization

    They have Application Virtualization Builder and Viewer applications for App-V and, leveraging a partnership with BoxedApp, also offer an Application Virtualization solution that does not rely upon App-V.

  • InstallTailor

    InstallAware Studio Admin has also been fortified with their InstallTailor tool which creates MST transforms out of any MSI file. Such may be further consumed directly by InstallAware’s Application Runtime Wizard, as well as standard Group Policy/Active Directory deployment.

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