How I can genrate msi setup

Aug 25, 2010 at 5:23 PM


Can you help me how I can generate a setup project msi  with visual studio 2010 on the msdn site I found for the visual studio version 2005 and 2008 and the 2010 version it is
Thank you help me I'm stuck

Oct 9, 2010 at 8:05 PM


Sorry for the delay.  It should be similar in VS 2010.  In VS 2010 there are two MSI projects, Visual Studio Installer and InstallShield LE.   From the research I have done with InstallShield LE, it will not work for creating automated deployment MSIs.  There are a custom limitations that this free version doesn't allow.  To find the Visual Studio Installer, right click on the solution and select "Add New Project" > Other Project Types ? Setup and Deployment > Visual Studio Installer > Setup Project.  Where specifically are you stuck?



Oct 9, 2010 at 8:35 PM

You might want to take a look at this chart about the functionality for MSI creation across Visual Studio Setup and Deployment Projects | InstallShield 2010 Limited Edition | Windows Installer XML Toolset

I would also point out that Visual Studio Setup and Deployment projects are being deprecated. 

With InstallShield available, the Visual Studio Installer project types will not be available in future versions of Visual Studio. To preserve existing customer investments in Visual Studio Installer projects, Microsoft will continue to support the Visual Studio Installer projects feature that shipped with Visual Studio 2010 and below as per our product life-cycle strategy. For more information, see Expanded Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy for Business & Development Products.


Retirement of Visual Studio Installer Projects from future versions of Visual Studio

Candy Chiang<abbr class="affil">MSFT</abbr>Thursday, July 15, 2010 8:07 PM

In Visual Studio 2010, we have partnered with Flexera, makers of InstallShield, to create InstallShield Limited Edition 2010 just for Visual Studio 2010 customers. The InstallShield Limited Edition 2010 offers comparable functionality to the Visual Studio Installer projects. In addition, you can build your deployment projects using Team Foundation Server and MSBuild. For more information, see