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Patching without admin rights, and what to do when

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Stefan Krueger

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 13:34

Patching without admin rights, and what to do when your certificate expires

You can enable non-admin users to install patches to your application. To enable this, you must ship a digital certificate with your original setup and later sign the updates with the same certificate. This functionality was first introduced with MSI 3 (it was called LUA Patching and restricted to removable media back then) and improved in MSI 4 (Windows Vista). However this won't work nicely if you need to ship a patch after the valid date of the digital certificate has expired in the meantime.

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