Visual & Installer


Visual Studio extension for creating NSIS and Inno Setup installers. It integrates NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) and Inno Setup with Microsoft Visual Studio IDE and allows you to create and build NSIS and Inno Setup projects right within Visual Studio.

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by michieru | Thu 4:50 PM

It is not free anymore :(

by AnonymousCoward1001 | June 03 2014

This add-in is downright dangerous.
After installing it I was no longer able to open any of my visual studios (2010, 2012 OR 2013) and worse, it killed my SSMS 2008 and 2012 as well.
Steer well clear of this thing - it is deadly!

Luckily I was able to go back to a system restore - it was the only thing that helped.

by Tomáš Šlapka | April 08 2014

This is exactly what I was looking for!
As Setup projects were dropped in VS 2013 I looked for a replacement.
We decide for Inno Setup and this tool.

Works fantastic, really nice, keep up good job!

unSigned Softworks April 08 2014
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We are very happy for this positive feedback! Big thanks!

We still work on our product and improve it with every release.
If you have any comments or ideas do not hesitate and let us know!

by lioxa | October 31 2013

unSigned Softworks April 08 2014
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Thanks for feedback!

by VipXonE | June 07 2013

This extension thrashed my VS2012 installation. All my other extension where still there but VS2012 ignored them, in particular my Git Source control!
My Solution context menu was huge before installing this ext. and after it was back to the default context menu options only.
Uninstalling the ext. left VS2012 thrashed and also gave a message saying "Could not install some comments, do it manually".

I'm so p*ssed right now!

unSigned Softworks April 08 2014
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Sorry to hear this. We made a huge progress and the VS integration is much fluent now.

by Gandalf50 | March 29 2012

Works for me

unSigned Softworks April 08 2014
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Thanks for feedback!

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  • Very interesting but...
    5 Posts | Last post April 08, 2014
    • Looks very interesting.. Unfortunately is not working in Visual Studio 11 Beta.
      Is there something planned to support VS 11?
    • Yes!
      Our plans are to support VS 2008, 2010 and VS 11.
      At this moment we are working on VS 2008 support.
    • I too am looking forward to 2011 support.
    • Visual Studio 2012 RC (11 BETA) is now supported!
    • Visual Studio 2013 is now supported!
  • doesn't detect VS 2010
    3 Posts | Last post April 08, 2014
    • when i'm gonna install it, this only detects and checks VS2K8 but doesn't let me to choose VS2K10
    • Installer check following registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VisualStudio.DTE.<Version>
      where <Version> is: 8.0 for VS 2005, 9.0 for VS 2008, 10.0 for VS 2010 and 11.0 for VS 11.
      Try to add this key into registry - HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VisualStudio.DTE.10.0
    • Visual Studio 2013 is supported!
  • The unSignedSoftworks.NSISProject.NSISProjectPackage package did not load correctly
    4 Posts | Last post April 24, 2012
    • When I open solution the Visual studio shows this error message:
      The 'unSignedSoftworks.NSISProject.NSISProjectPackage, NSISProject, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=0e3ed40628bca5a7' package did not load correctly.
      The problem may have been caused by a configuration change or by the installation of another extension. [...]
      NSIS project type is listed on "New project" dialog, but I'm unable to create new NSIS project because of the error.
      I'm using latest version of Visual Studio 2010.
      The Visual Studio Activity log looks like this (80131604 and 80004005 are error codes):
      Begin package load [unSignedSoftworks.NSISProject.NSISProjectPackage, NSISProject, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=0e3ed40628bca5a7]
      CreateInstance failed for package [unSignedSoftworks.NSISProject.NSISProjectPackage, NSISProject, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=0e3ed40628bca5a7
      End package load [unSignedSoftworks.NSISProject.NSISProjectPackage, NSISProject, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=0e3ed40628bca5a7]
      80004005 - E_FAIL
    • There is probably some dll/registry key missing.
      Uninstall V&I and reinstall it again - you can try new version - v1.0.1.5:
    • Unfortunately, reinstall did not help. New version - - still the same problem. "CreateInstance failed for package...". However I've also noted, that ActivityLog shows lots of additional warnings relating NSIS: "PkgDef encountered data collision in section". This warning repeats for each registry entry in:
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0_Config\Languages\File Extensions
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0_Config\Languages\Language Services\NSIS Language
      What's more - these registry keys are not removed when I uninstall "Visual & Installer".
      Also, when I tries to uninstall "Visual & Installer", the uninstaller reported that it was unable to remove all files from installation directory. The remaining file is psvince.dll.
    • We have added logging mechanism into installer.
      Download version again and reinstall it.
      Installer will generate vi-install.log file - please send it to us.
      Also please run VS with /LOG parameter and send us your ActivityLog.xml so we can trace the problem.
      Read details here (FAQ #6):