Modify Option in Visual Studio Installer
Posted 12 May 2004 - 18:04
Well, when I was evaluating Visual Studio Installer for my installs, I overlooked one important feature. When a VSI install is run in maintenance mode, it has only two options: Repair or Remove (No Modify!).
Some of my installs have simple check boxes or radio buttons to install optional features. Naturally, I would LIKE for my users to be able to come back at a later time and add a feature that they initially did not choose without being forced to uninstall/reinstall.
I haven't been able to find information or discussion on this issue. I was weighing my alternatives, and was considering writing a utility to modify the MSI database to add the Modify. However, this would be a substantial undertaking with many pitfalls.
I was hoping someone has already faced this issue, and has a better answer than "go get InstallShield". What other alternatives are there??
Posted 13 May 2004 - 14:59
Posted 13 May 2004 - 15:00
Posted 13 May 2004 - 20:35
Posted 14 May 2004 - 10:31
Posted 14 May 2004 - 17:01
Maintenance mode is still enabled, it's just that the VSI mainenance interface does not permit a modify option. In other words, the maintenance options are only Repair or Remove. Repair will perform a full reinstall, but the UI is all bypassed (thus can't change options).
I have have hacked in a Modify radio button, but I'm having a hard time setting up the action to go back into the UI. Was just hoping someone may have already been there.