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A good, free, installer? – Ereon



Posts: 1018
From: Ohio, United States
Registered: 04-12-2005
Does anyone know a good, free installer that I could use to make Windows type installer files and .msi files? I'm looking for one that will make the installing/patching process easier as well as possibly add a little pizazz to the aforementioned same process(s).


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Registered: 08-25-2004
The one that comes with windows should be fine.


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From: Indiana
Registered: 10-11-2004
I've had good success with NSIS.


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From: Helsinki, Finland
Registered: 03-11-2005
Inno setup is little bit simpler to use than NSIS but it may not work in latest windows - I dont know.
Here's the link anyway:

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From: USA
Registered: 06-06-2006
Yeah, I've used Inno before - it's a good installer.


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From: Janesville WI
Registered: 08-31-2006
Installer 2 go is what I use, handles both .exe and .msi

can do merge modules, and run programs at setup, and even run scripts. Allows for both custom installation directories and set installation directories. Handles file type association set up.

Has the ability to force OS - IE, you could set the installer for 98/me/2000 only if you wanted to.

It has a lot of neat toys and it is freeware/nagware system. It does create installers painlessly for vista. (which is not easy)

I give this installer a+++, if you want to purchase to remove the nagware, it is not that expensive either



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Registered: 02-01-2005
I've heard a lot of good about InstallJammer. It can create installers for Windows, and Linux and it will eventually support Mac OSX.

InstallJammer is a multiplatform GUI installer designed to be completely cross-platform and function on Windows and most all versions of UNIX with eventual support for Mac OS X.

It features a very powerful install builder with support for multiple themes and a high level of configurability for installers. Installers are built as single executable files for easy distribution over the web and handle installing everything you need for your application in a simple, cross-platform way.

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Posts: 60
From: Indiana, USA
Registered: 11-26-2001
I've used Inno Setup several times, and I really like it. I just checked their home page, and it says that the installer supports Vista. However, the FAQ says that at this time there are no plans for supporting the .msi installer format, so if this is important than Inno Setup won't be for you.

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From: Brighton, East Sussex, Southern England, United Kingdom.
Registered: 09-16-2006
The one that comes with windows should be fine.

I never knew Windows came with one. :S

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From: Maesteg, Wales
Registered: 07-21-2001
Originally posted by CPUFreak91:
I've heard a lot of good about InstallJammer. It can create installers for Windows, and Linux and it will eventually support Mac OSX.

This is what I have been looking for... kudos... and thanks

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