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How can my InstallShield program detect if Microsoft Installer is required?

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I am deploying a .NET application, and want my Installshield program to check dependencies.   They are as follows;  My.NETapplication -> .NET 2.0 Framework -> Microsoft Installer 3.0+.  I can detect if .NET 2.0 Framework is installed, but I can't figure out what to look for to make sure that MSI 3.0+ is there.  I am hoping for a solution general enough that it works for Windows XP and Windows 2000.
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You can determine that by reading the version info resource from 'msi.dll'. See e.g. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/167597/EN-US/ ("SAMPLE: GetVers.exe Specifies Component FileVersion and #Version")
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That sounds perfectly plausible ... not sure why I didn't think of it myself.   Alas it is after 5:00 Friday, so I won't be able to check it out until Monday.  In the mean time, if someone can give hints on how to do this from within InstallShield, I will dole out some assisted points.
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See http://helpnet.installshield.com/robo/projects/devstudio9helplangref/LangrefVerGetFileVersion.htm ("VerGetFileVersion") and http://helpnet.installshield.com/robo/projects/devstudio9helplangref/LangrefVerGetFileVersion_example.htm ("VerGetFileVersion Example"):

/*--------------------------------------------------------------*\
 *
 * InstallShield Example Script
 *
 * Demonstrates the VerGetFileVersion function.
 *
 * The script below calls VerGetFileVersion to retrieve the
 * version number of the Windows Notepad.  The information is
 * displayed in a message box.
 *
\*--------------------------------------------------------------*/

#define EXAMPLE_FILE WINDIR ^ "NotePad.exe"
#define TITLE_TEXT "VerGetFileVersion Example"

// Include Ifx.h for built-in InstallScript function prototypes.
#include "Ifx.h"

      export prototype ExFn_VerGetFileVersion(HWND);

function ExFn_VerGetFileVersion(hMSI)
    NUMBER nResult;
    STRING szFile, szPath, szMsg, svVersionNumber;
begin

    // Get the version number of the specified file.
    nResult = VerGetFileVersion(EXAMPLE_FILE, svVersionNumber);

    // Report the results of VerGetFileVersion.
    if (nResult = FILE_NO_VERSION) then
        szMsg = EXAMPLE_FILE + " does not contain version information.";
        MessageBox (szMsg, INFORMATION);
    elseif (nResult = FILE_NOT_FOUND) then
        szMsg = EXAMPLE_FILE + " could not be found.";
        MessageBox (szMsg, INFORMATION);
    else
        szMsg    = "The version number of %s is %s";
        SprintfBox (INFORMATION, TITLE_TEXT, szMsg,
                   EXAMPLE_FILE, svVersionNumber);
    endif;

end;

(WOW, I am really happy that I don't have to use InstallScript any more ;o)
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Well, I have to do use INstallShield about once every two years ... and forget most everything in the mean time!


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/me definitly prefers C++ ;o)
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