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 zazula | October 14 2016


unSigned s r o October 16 2016
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What is wrong with being paid? There are plenty of paid extension in this gallery. V&I has many, many features, it is really great product with affordable price so "paid" is not reason for such low rating.

by Thomas Levesque | October 05 2016

This extension seems like a good idea, but it still needs a lot of work to make it really usable. Debugging doesn't work at all. First, you have to give the output a certain name to enable debugging (why can't it use the configured name?). Then, all it does is launch the setup, and breakpoints are never hit; that's called "launching", not "debugging"...

Syntax highlighting and auto-completion seem to be decent, though; this makes it a better editor than Inno Setup Compiler or Inno Script Studio. But still, it's nothing more than an editor without proper debugging support.

unSigned s r o October 16 2016
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Thanks for feedback, debugging (Inno Setup) is our #2 feature (#1 is currently VS '15' support) but it is really difficult and lot of work. But we definitely want to have it.
NSIS does not support debugging so for NSIS V&I is now the best IDE/editor at the market.

by | February 03 2016

This is fantastic product packed with many cool features!

I am really sorry if someone has issues with it. Please contact the authors ( and report your issues.

I believe they can help you with it and you will become a satisfied customer.

by bruce987 | January 27 2016

Don't use this product. It has not been tested fully. It has hosed up our VS 2013 and VS 2015, can't uninstall it, won't go away. Also messed up our standalone InnoIDE we had previously installed. Microsoft needs to take this product down from their site!!!

unSigned s r o February 03 2016
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Sorry to hear this :(

Please see my post above and report your issues so we can improve the product. This software has nothing with InnoIDE (which is separate tool).

Of course we tested this software! What you think - customers like Siemens, 3M, Deutsche Telekom, Ubisoft, Disney, Orange, Procter & Gamble etc. would buy our software if it does not work correctly?

by Reno_at_microsoft | June 10 2015

Great job! Works like a charm.

This is exactly what I was looking for.
So far no problems, if anything comes up, I will contact you.

Keep it up :)

unSigned s r o January 28 2016
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Thanks! We are really happy you enjoy our product :)

by Ben.Stine | June 08 2015

I have installed Visual & Installer 1.0 on several computers for several versions of Visual Studio. While I can see InnoSetupProject (Visual & Installer) in Extensions and Updates window. I cannot ever seem to create a new project or find the toolbar.
I makes it very difficult to use the product when it is not showing itself to be used.
When I manually open an InnoSetup or NSIS file, there is no color coding in the editor. Trying to follow the FAQ on the website is impossible as it seems written for VS 2010 and earlier, or the information simply does not apply. Such as their FAQ #5, when I see no color coding in the editor, I can verify the extension is enabled, yet there is no color coding of text.
When I search through settings, I never find any for Visual&Installer or InnoSetupProject.
I would love to be able to use this Extension, but it has failed on so many tests, machines, versions of Visual Studio I cannot give it a good review.

On the company's website there is a "How can we help you" Chat option, but it is always "Offline" when I visit.

unSigned s r o June 09 2015
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We are sorry to hear that :(
Can you contact the support team at customers(at)unsigned(dot)sk ? We would like to help you and solve your issues.

We are trying to do our best and offer the perfect software. Of course it is a hard work and there might be some problems but I believe we can solve it and you will be satisfied with our product.

by michieru | May 21 2015

It is not free anymore :(

unSigned s r o June 09 2015
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We decided to go fully commercial. We hope it has reasonable price which allows us to keep development alive.

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 s r o 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 s r o 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 s r o 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 s r o April 08 2014
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Thanks for feedback!

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  • Very interesting but...
    6 Posts | Last post February 03, 2016
    • 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!
    • Visual Studio 2015 is (of course) also 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):