Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Installer Projects


This official Microsoft extension provides support for Visual Studio Installer Projects in Visual Studio 2013

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by Antonariy | June 10 2015

Corrupts russian text in files and folders names.

by mnvlasov | April 27 2015

by Mohsen Alizadeh | April 21 2015

by Irfan Charolia | April 18 2015

I got Visual Studio Express 2013 for desktop. When I try to install Microsoft Visual Studio Installer Extension, it can't find Visual Studio and gives below error message:

"Stop Block: ProfressionalBlock : Microsoft Visual Studio is required, but it is not installed on this computer. Please install it and retry."

Means it doesn't support Visual Studio Express 2013 Edition :(.

by Steve Parrish | April 08 2015

I really missed not having installer projects in VS 2013. It worked great and as expected. Thank you!

by Ranbla | April 07 2015

by whawewong | March 24 2015

so what?

by jezBo | March 08 2015

Good if you want only to target Windows 8 (& presumably 7 is supported too), but the lack of compatibility with target XP OS meant I had to revert to VS2010.

by Robert te Kaat - Docati | February 11 2015

My first installer immediately fails. The log shows WEBCA_SetTARGETSITE. Some googling tells me I need to enable IIS6 compatibility feature. Why is that?

by JakeTanz | January 24 2015

Is there a tutorial on how to use this extension? It is my first time trying to use an installer.


by Chin Peng | January 22 2015

This was awesome! However, I found the setup file created from this installer will have problem running in Windows XP.

by behzad_garossiyan | January 22 2015

It was very excellent

by Farhad Khalaj | January 21 2015

by Sean986 | January 12 2015

So glad this came back. The only problem I found is that my msi wouldn't run on POSReady 2009 and Windows XP but I resolved this by following the advice from

by JayP337 | December 17 2014

by Stefan Cuypers | December 17 2014

Great to have this back. I finally could upgrade to VS2013 (we use setup projects a lot and are using it to create .msm files which is not supported by the Installshield included).
We found one problem with it though: if we add the Project Output from an SQL CLR project Visual Studio seems to crash when building the setup.

by macaiver | December 15 2014

by Rocker1984 | November 16 2014

For the people who are complaining that VS 2013 is crashing, do you by any chance have "Web Essentials" add on installed? I found out that these two extensions don't play well together. Disabling the "Web Essentials" add on fixes the crash on open issue for me.

by Keith Culpepper | November 13 2014

We were unhappy with the limited capabilities of InstallShield LE, so we discovered this extension and couldn't be happier! Thank you Microsoft team!

by Hans Putman | November 05 2014

Thanks for re-introducing the old-fashioned installer. The "free" InstallShield is terrible and the price of the paid version is so outrageous that I didn't even consider trying it.

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  • Integration with TFS Build?
    1 Posts | Last post June 25, 2015
    • Hi, we just upgraded our TFS, and moving the solution to VS2013. Replacing the web deployment project, I cant see how to invoke the publish-
      Trying "<MSBuild Projects="somepath\my project.sln /p:DeployOnBuild /p:PublishProfile=myProfile"
      But it keeps saying it cant find the project? I'm not a build guy, so some examples would help. TIA
  • Launch condition bug for .Net 4.5 and above
    2 Posts | Last post June 18, 2015
    • Launch Conditions for .Net 4.5 and above only checks for the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Full" registry, instead of checking the value of the Release DWORD. 
      To confirm this I have created an installer with a launch condition of .Net 4.5.2 and ran it successfully on a clean Windows Server 2012 R2 machine without issue (4.5.1 is standard on Server 2012 R2). When trying to run the installed software, it crashed as 4.5.2 was not present on the target machine. 
      I have also confirmed this on a 2008 R2 machine with .Net 4.0 installed – the launch condition was successful in recognising that the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Full" registry was missing, but after installing .Net 4.5 (2 versions below the required 4.5.2) which created the "Full" subkey, the launch condition message was not shown and the installer ran. 
      The information on the MS page describes the values of the Release DWORD that correspond to the versions of the .Net Framework, and it would seem that this is not being checked at present.
    • Do you have any sultion to fix this problem?
  • VS 2013 Community
    1 Posts | Last post June 17, 2015
    • Hi, does this work with the Community Version of VS?
      I have tried to create an installer for a project and all it create is the SetupWiz.msm.  No msi or setup.exe.  
      What am I missing?
      I do get this on building
      WARNING: Unable to find dependency 'ENVDTE' (Signature='B03F5F7F11D50A3A' Version='7.0.3300.0') of assembly 'QSS.Components.Windows.Forms.dll'
  • Installer won't run on XP
    3 Posts | Last post June 03, 2015
    • I've used the Setup Project to create an installer for a simple Hello World WinForms application. The Application itself targets .NET 3.0 and runs fine on the target machine, but the Setup.exe  gives me an error that the prerequisites of .NET 4.5 can't be met. 
      I have unchecked every single box in the prerequisites window, including the 'Create setup program' one at the top, I have set the .NET version to 3.0 in the launch conditions for the .NET framework, I have even set the BackwardCompatibleIDGeneration property of the setup project to true, but nothing has helped.
      Does anybody here have an idea of why the setup project thinks it needs .NET 4.5 installed?
      Thanks for your help!
    • Same Problem here on Win7.
    • Have you checked the Launch conditions (context Menu on Setup project - View - Launch Conditions
  • Changelog
    1 Posts | Last post May 27, 2015
    • I see you just recently uploaded a new version on 5/15/15. Is there a changelog anywhere? I am unsure if it's worth updating a new version. I tried googling around for one and was unable to find it.
  • Is there a way to hide/remove the small dialog which has progress bar and a cancel button?
    1 Posts | Last post May 26, 2015
    • During installation/uninstallation a small dialog appears which has one progress bar and a Cancel button. Can we somehow remove or hide this dialog? We have one custom ui wizard for cancelling the installation and user don't want user to click the cancel button on this progress bar dialog.
      Or can we detect somehow in our custom action that user has clicked this Cancel button?
  • using in CI
    1 Posts | Last post May 18, 2015
    • I wonder, being extension for VS2013 is it possible to build VS Installer Project via msbuild, nant or any other system? I would like to build setup project using TeamCity as CI. Thanks in advance
  • VS 2015 version
    2 Posts | Last post May 16, 2015
    • Hi guys, any plan for the VS 2015 version?
      Many thanks,
    • It is already available here:
  • 这个插件编译后的msi文件不能在XP上运行
    3 Posts | Last post May 07, 2015
    • 使用这个插件在Win8.1+VS2013平台上制作的MSI安装文件,发现两个Bug,一是WinForm项目的安装包不能在XP系统上运行,二是Web项目的安装包在Win8.1上不能运行。
    • 打包的Winform项目不能在2003上安装,使用上面stackoverflow的方法确实有效。
  • Will this supports VS2012 express edition
    2 Posts | Last post April 30, 2015
    • I have installed vs2012 express edition in my system.I found it very diffcult to create a setup project in it. Will this tool supports vs2012 express edition?
    • If I remember correctly, none of the Visual Studio "Express" editions support extensions. The new "Community" edition does allow extensions, again, if I remember correctly.
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