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About InstallSite is a collection of tips, technical articles, sample code, tools, discussion forums, and the like for developers creating setups with Microsoft's Windows Installer (MSI) technology or Flexera Software's InstallShield products. It also has information for System Administrators and IT Professionals repackaging and deploying MSI packages. InstallSite maintains a list of MSI authoring tools (including commercial tools, freeware and open source) and a list of books about Windows Installer and other setup related topics. There is also an online shop where you can buy software, training, and other services.

Most of the content on this site may be used free of charge, but there is also some shareware and links to commercial products that are of interest for a setup developer. Please be sure to read the legal information to find out all the details. By using this site you agree to the License Agreement.

InstallSite is operated by Stefan Krueger. InstallSite is not an official web site of Flexera Software, the manufacturer of InstallShield. The official web site can be found at

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InstallSite depends on YOUR participation. If you have anything (code, custom dialogs or DLLs, tips or whatever) that you think might be useful to other setup developers, please send it to the webmaster. It would be nice if you include a description of what the function does and a complete description of it's parameters. Please read the legal information.

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What's New, What's Hot, Revision history, Newsletter, Bugs Bulletin.
Technical discussion boards and non-technical chat.
Windows Installer
Information about the Windows Installer Service, MSI authoring tools, merge modules, custom action samples, tools and tips, and a FAQ
Related Tools
Helpful programs and informations for creating setup programs and deploying applications
More Help
Information about books, newsgroups, support and consulting
InstallShield Professional Samples and Tools
Everything for users of the Professional, International and Free Editions: Rul files for extended functionality and workarounds for bugs and limitations in InstallShield, custom DLLs for tasks that the script can't handle, custom dialogs and modified SdDialog scripts, tools that extend the IDE functionality, debugging tips etc.
Other InstallShield Tools
Samples, tools and tips for InstallShield Express and InstallShield for Java.
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The History of InstallSite

After the InstallShield 5.0 product was released in 1997, several people in the newsgroups asked for a place where they could post useful functions, so that others wouldn't have to reinvent the wheel. So I decided to create this site. InstallSite started in November 1997 and was hosted by Geocities. Since then, the number of visitors was rapidly increasing, and many people encouraged me to continue this work. It turned out that Geocities was not the most reliable server and some restrictions prevented me from designing the site like I thought it should be. So in March 1998 InstallSite moved to a new server, with the domain, which is much shorter than the cryptic Geocities address. But the ibv-tools server didn't prove to be most reliable, too. As a first step to improve availability, a mirror site in Singapore was established at (which is not in use anymore). Soon after that, on its first birthday in November 1998, InstallSite moved again. Now the URL for the primary site is and has a fast connection to the internet.
Currently (as of 2008) the site has approximately 430,000 page views and 160,000 visitors per month, including the forum which has 14,245 registered users and more than 300 posts per month.
I hope this site will help you to get the most out of Windows Installer and InstallShield and create great setup programs.

Awards and Badges

MVP Reconnect Stefan Krueger has been awarded by Microsoft as a "Most Valuable Professional" (MVP) for Windows Installer, acknowledging his contributions to the user community and his work on InstallSite (2003-2017).

VB ZoneSite of the week InstallSite was elected Site of the Week in the VB-Zone at DevX - The Development Exchange  (October 12, 1999)

Open Directory Cool Site InstallSite has been designated a Cool Site in the Netscape Open Directory (June 14, 1999)


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The software and information on this site is provided "as is", without warranty of any kind. It is completely up to you to verify that the offered solutions work for your purpose. This material is for informational purposes only.
You may download and use the offered resources free of charge to create installation programs. However you may not reproduce or distribute the source code in any form. Especially you may not include it in a book, distribute it on a CD-ROM or offer it for download from your web site. If you intend to do so, please contact me to get an extended license. In case the software product was provided by a person or company other than Stefan Krueger, additional restrictions and license regulations may apply. This is especially true of products marked as "Shareware", "Commercial", "Trial" or "Evaluation".

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The information on this site was collected carefully. However, I can't guarantee that it is complete, accurate and up-to-date. This especially applies to pricing information for commercial products and services and shareware. If you detect any faulty, outdated or incomplete information, don't hesitate to inform the webmaster.

Most of the content on this site has been sent in by contributors or was published in newsgroups or elsewhere before. Any violation of copyright or other laws is unintentional and will immediately be fixed. Please notify the webmaster in such cases.

Your contributions (code samples, tricks, or whatever might be useful to setup developers) are welcome! Please contact the webmaster - please do not send files larger than 2 MB by e-mail! By sending in code or other contributions, you confirm that it doesn't contain viruses, trojan horses, or any other harmful or deleterious programs, and that it doesn't contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws, rights of privacy or publicity or any other applicable law unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents. You agree that everybody may use or modify your code, without any limitation and free of charge, for the purpose of creating setup programs. Also you give me, Stefan Krueger, or anyone who obtains a license from me, the royalty free right to publish your code in a book, on CD-ROM or in any other form. I reserve the right to decide, in my sole discretion, what will be published on this site.

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Contact Information

This site was created and is maintained by Stefan Krueger. You can contact Stefan Krueger with comments regarding this site or with setup consulting inquiries in the following ways:

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Postal mail: InstallSite
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