Install C++ Redistributable with your WiX Installer

If you are installing something with a dependency that needs a C++ redistributable, your best bet is to make sure your installer supplies that dependency. This is pretty simple to do as there are merge modules for the C++ redistributable (and they are likely to already be on your computer…) You will find the mergeContinue reading “Install C++ Redistributable with your WiX Installer”

Visual Studio 2013 Crashes When Dragging Items Onto Layer Diagrams

This bug is a gateway to a whole load of yak shaving. You open a layer diagram in Visual Studio 2013, drag an item from your solution explorer (like you have done a hundred times before) and *bang* Visual Studio crashes. You retry and get exactly the same result. This may not be the answerContinue reading “Visual Studio 2013 Crashes When Dragging Items Onto Layer Diagrams”

Getting App Settings for Config Files During WiX Based Install

WiX is great – but sometimes complex. Most of the complexity comes from needed to adjust things in many places to make a single thing work. For that reason, I feel the need to document the many steps required to do the following: Declare a property in the installer Allow the user to enter aContinue reading “Getting App Settings for Config Files During WiX Based Install”