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 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.

by wbsutphin | November 05 2014

I have the same problem as Nick below opening an old installer (web installer actually). VS crashes hard. Had to uninstall to get at the solution to remove the install project.


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  • using in CI
    1 Posts | Last post Mon 4:44 PM
    • 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.
  • Creating a shortcut to appear on the task bar in Windows 8.1
    1 Posts | Last post April 20, 2015
    • Can anyone help me with creating a shortcut on the windows task bar as part of the install.
      I have found out how to create a custom folder but I'm not too sure about how to direct it for example to:
      C:\Users\Neil\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar
      Any help would be greatfully reiceved.
      Many Thanks Neil
  • Is this tool going to be updated to work wtih VS2015
    4 Posts | Last post April 14, 2015
    • Currently it reports that Visual Studio isn't installed and so won't continue with the installation.
      And if it is going to be updated... please fix the known issues with it that people have bothered to report here.
    • “Me too!”
      (Where’s the subscribe/vote button?)
    • Same issue here!
    • Yes, very soon. We will be publishing a version of the extension that should work with the next preview release or Visual Studio 2015.
  • msbuild support
    1 Posts | Last post April 10, 2015
    • is it possible to get vdproj support when executing a TFS build using msbuild?
      xxx.vdproj.metaproj: The project file "xxx\xxx.vdproj" is not supported by MSBuild and cannot be built.
  • Subfolders not created
    1 Posts | Last post March 24, 2015
    • Hi,
      I've created a very simple installer project.
      It contains 2 text files. One text file in the Application folder, one in a subfolder.
      When I install, I adjust the path to "C:\test setup". This works fine.
      The subfolder isn't created when I:
      1. Start the .msi installer + click Next
      2. Click Browse and choose "C:\" and hit OK
      3. Now adjust the path to "C:\test setup" (textually, without using the browse button) and continue the installation.
      4. Observe how the subfolder isn't created.
      Tested on Windows 7 and 8.1 (both 64 bit).
  • Error executing Installer from CMD Line
    11 Posts | Last post March 19, 2015
    • Hello,
      We were so happy to see a REAL installer back in VS2013, InstallSheild LE is terrible and so crippled its near useless. 
      I have a simple website to deploy thats built using our build server from the command line - we constantly get the following error. 
      ------ Starting pre-build validation for project 'HelpDeskVSInstaller'  
      ------ ERROR: An error occurred while validating.  HRESULT = '8000000A'
      ------ Pre-build validation for project 'HelpDeskVSInstaller' completed 
      I have been able to replicate this on my local box by running the installer from the command line:
      C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe /s /c ""C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE\devenv" "Payzone.Web.sln" /Rebuild Release /Project VSInstaller"
      The installer is able to be built from inside VS2013 IDE. Can you let me know how I can fix this issue? 
    • We have the same error while building from command line. The installer builds OK from GUI.
    has an explanation for older Visual Studio versions. I wonder if the problem was addressed in VS 2013 and this extension.
    • It seems that there is more than 1 person with this issue - Is anyone from Microsoft care to comment on this on how to get around it.
      We need to build from the command line and the gui is not an option for us. The installer should work from the command line.
      I have removed all the extra lines in the build as per the question / answer on stack overflow referenced by Aurimas above.
      This is still not working from the command line. 
      PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get back to us on a how to fix or if its not going to be fixed so we can start using an installer that does what it says on the tin!!
    • Same problem here, it's very frustrating and now we can't script Builds from our Build server and therefore will still need to find another way to Build the product. Works fantastically from the UI though, but not really practical to deliver it this way and to be honest it should work the same as in the UI
    • You van add my name to the list. We have two vdproj's in our makefile - one works correctly the other fails with 8000000A
      Please fix or describe a workaround.
    • BUMP BUMP -
      Cmon guys someone must be aware of this and have a fix or workaround? I cannot believe that there hasnt even been a response to this from VS Team...... 
      We are basically not going to use Microsoft installers for any future projects because of the current shambles of the recent releases.....
    • Any update to this issue? We rely on the command line ability of VDPROJ since MSBUILD does not support installer projects. Hopefully a fix is in the works.
    • As an update - I did try the workaround posted on the main page with v1.0.0.0 release - and this fixes issues when executing from the command line for the current logged in account - but invoking the same command line parameters from our build process still fails with the HRESULT = '8000000A' error on the same server. Does the registry key have to be added elsewhere when running as a TFS service account?
    • Did this ever get resolved!!?!?  We have the same problem and it really sucks we have to build these in the GUI every time. Makes our build process take a lot longer!
    • Ping! Does anyone read this thread? Is there going to be any kind of resolution of this issue?
    • StlDev: I know your post is old but other people might find this useful.
      When your account doesn't experience the problem but the build process does, it is probably because the build process runs under a different windows account. Solution: Log on with the account that your build process uses and apply the registry fix again. Each user has their own HKEY_CURRENT_USER so to speak.
  • HRESULT = '8000000A' when validating
    4 Posts | Last post March 16, 2015
    • I'm still getting the error "An error occurred while validating.  HRESULT = '8000000A'" when running from command line. I have set HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0_Config\MSBuild\EnableOutOfProcBuild to 0.
      Using version with VS 2013 update 4.
      Any new version coming soon?
    • +1 I'm still getting this as well.
    • Hi All,
      I've indeed the same problem with my TFS automated builds.
      I try to launch the msi generation by using all the steps described in the following post ( but it doesn't work.
      My build server currently runs with TFS 2013 and a VS 2013 version having this plugin but it doesn't work.
      I have set the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0_Config\MSBuild\EnableOutOfProcBuild registry value to 0 but it works only if i launch the msi generation through Visual Studio 2013...
      It is really a shame that Microsoft doesn't fix this issue when i see that we are a lot to wait for a VALUABLE fix !!!
    • Also having this issue. Tried everything. Using VS 2013 latest
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