Windows Installer / MSI: DebugView for Windows

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DebugView is an application that lets you monitor debug output on your local system, or any computer on the network that you can reach via TCP/IP. It is capable of displaying both kernel-mode and Win32 debug output, so you don’t need a debugger to catch the debug output your applications or device drivers generate, nor do you need to modify your applications or drivers to use non-standard debug output APIs.

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Creating Microsoft Windows Installer Package MSI using Windows Installer XML (WIX)

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The Windows Installer XML (WiX) is a toolset that builds Windows installation packages from XML source code. It is hosted under sourceforge.net (http://wix.sourceforge.net/).

Since it is a toolset, the solution typically consists of a few console applications.

  • candle.exe – is a compiler
  • light.exe – is a linker
  • dark.exe – is a MSI decompiler

To get started creating a Windows Installer Package (MSI) i recommend to use another freeware tool called WiXEdit. This piece of Software is also hosted on sourceforge.net (http://wixedit.sourceforge.net/).

This is a sample for creating a registry key: