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Hi there

I have a set of MS Word macros that have been packaged with InnoSetup to make an .exe (which seems to work great).  Recently however it seems that more and more people are asking for MSI instead of exe and also my current installer does not support 64-bit version of MS Word.

So - here I am thinking I might be able to kill 2 birds with 1 stone - provide the much asked for MSI and fix the problem where 64-bit Word is not supported.

My question is around the problem(?) of supporting several MS OSs; xp thru to Win 7 for 32 bit and where applicable 64 bit.  I don't have the resources to test all possible combinations and I don't have a 64-bit version of MS Office, so I'm not sure how to get the required settings!?

I'm looking at a package called "Advanced Installer" - not sure if this will meet my needs.  I suspect it will.

Things that the installer needs to do:
- create a few registry keys (store macro preferences)
- pass an encrypted key to the installer
- copy files to the comptuer
- add folders to trusted locations (if possible)
- add publisher to trusted publishers (if possible)

Thanks in advance




 
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1. If you question is whether Advanced Installer will be able to create the MSI, according to http://www.advancedinstaller.com/feats-list.html it looks like it will. From what I understand, the installation needs to find out the right directory to place macros into, and copy the files into it.

2. I don't think there should be any significant difference in supporting 64-bit version of Word. If you know where in the Registry you can find the location where you want to copy the files into, this should be enough.

Since you don't have experience, and this project seems to have few nontrivial moments like passing the encrypted key, plus testing on different platforms, maybe the best approach is to hire someone to do it for you first time, then you will see how it's made and may be it will be possible for you to do future updates by yourself. Many experts on E-E have link "hire me" in their profile and will be glad to help.
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