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Windows Installer DLL vs. Standard DLL

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Posted 13 October 2005 - 05:01


I know that Windows Installer DLL has some advantages over standard DLLs, but can't summarize them all wink.gif

Can some help me ?

  ankur tyagi

Stefan Krueger

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Posted 13 October 2005 - 09:54

Windows Installer natively only supports DLL custom actions that export functions with a specific parameter set. In InstallShield such DLLs are called "Windows Installer DLLs".
For DLLs that use a different parameter set, InstallShield has added a translation layer. Such DLLs are called "Standfard DLLs" as you can call almost any DLL function with this mechanism. The disadvantage is the added layer.