How to Use Windows® Installer Application
Get to know more about using Windows Installer Application
Windows installer is a part of Windows Operating System, which used for installation maintenance and removal of the software components present in the Operating System. This software component was previously known as Microsoft installer. Windows installer has some significant changes from its predecessor Microsoft Installer. Microsoft allows third party applications to use Windows Installer for as a basis of installation framework. Windows installer 4.5 is the latest version of Windows installer available. It can also be downloaded and installed separately from other websites also. Redistributable package for installing or upgrading Windows Installer, WindowsInstaller-KB893803-x86.exe is also available for download from Microsoft website. It can support 32 and 64 bit applications.
Here discussing about the uses and features of Windows installer:
- Restoring installation failure
- Preventing conflicts
- Repairing corrupted programs
Restoring installation failure
During installation process Windows installer can keep track of all the process and changes made to the system. If the installation fails at any steps Windows Installer can restore all of them to the previous state. So the computer will comes back to the previous state after clicking finish button on the installer Window. All the changes made by the program will be resettled to the previous state. This feature helps to retain the changes made by the defective programs. Virus protection and protection from other security threats are also functions of Windows Installer.
Windows installer would help to prevent inter application conflicts. Windows installer checks whether all the software which are trying to install on the computer satisfies the installation rules. This will helps to prevent conflicts between installed application and Operating System. Usually causes of such conflicts are an install operation makes updates to a dynamic link library shared by a previously installed application or when an operation deletes any dynamic link library shared by another application. Windows installer can verify whether the installing application renames or delete the required files.
Windows installer repairs the corrupted programs by copying he required information to the corresponding places. Windows Installer would uninstall any program it previously installed, without any traces. It can remove all of the associated registry entries and application files, except for those files which are shared by other installed software. Using Windows Installer, you can uninstall an application at any time after a successful installation of that software. Roll back the computer to its previous state is also one function of Windows Installer.
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