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Microsoft Releases Windows Installer 2.0


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Christopher Rice

          I have heard a lot of vague complaints about the Windows Installer and MSI standards that Microsoft has been putting on the market.  Personally, with a few minor glitches, I like the technology.  When it is used right, it can be valuable.  Self healing and managed software should be the solution for thousands of help desk calls.

I have heard a lot of vague complaints about the Windows Installer and MSI standards that Microsoft has been putting on the market. Personally, with a few minor glitches, I like the technology. When it is used right, it can be valuable. Self healing and managed software should be the solution for thousands of help desk calls.

          Well, to address some of the problems that were leading to much of the bad mouthing of Windows Installer, Microsoft has released version 2.0, which is going to be packaged with Windows XP.

          Personally, I think that most of the bad mouthing from the industry is coming from a general bashing of all things Microsoft and a lack of understanding of the technology.  But, it is true; there were some drawbacks.

          For more information, check out the following link:

http://www.microsoft.com/msdownload/platformsdk/sdkupdate/

          For direct downloads, see the following links:

WinNT/Win2K:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/whistler/Install/2.0/NT45/EN-US/InstMsi.exe

Win9x:

http://download.microsoft.com/download/whistler/Install/2.0/W9XMe/EN-US/InstMsi.exe

          If you do download and run through testing, please provide feedback, both positive and negative.

This article was originally published on Sep 19, 2001
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