a guide on how to obtain consistent results from application installers

Most of these are already written, but need editing before being uploaded. They will appear when time allows.

contents

  • the basics
  • how to package by installer type
    • innosetup
    • nullsoft
    • installshield
    • install builder
    • msi
    • wix
    • wise
    • proprietary with packaging tool (AutoDesk)
    • windows store
  • office add-ins
  • dealing with prerequisites
    • SQL Server LocalDB
    • .net
    • visual c++ runtimes
    • (friends don’t let friends deploy) java
  • dealing with updates (evergreen, annual, legacy, others)
  • package versioning (or when and when not to update)
  • licensing