Merge modules are the Windows Installer standard for reusable setup logic and resources. Development teams can build and distribute MSM files that include installer components and functionality shared between applications.
Advanced Installer allows you to:
- create new merge modules from scratch
- import regular or redistributable(WiX and Visual Studio) merge modules for further editing
- add merge modules in your installer projects
Add Merge Module tutorial
Visual Studio MSMs
Visual Studio provides multiple merge modules with application run-times. These merge modules can be added and redistributed with your package to make sure that your product works on target machines.
You can create merge modules with attributes configurable by the consumer of the merge module. Specify which items can be modified and how these items can be configured.
Advanced Installer supports signing merge modules for modern or older operating systems, according to Microsoft's guidelines.
Automatically test the internal consistency of merge modules using the evaluators that come with Windows Installer SDK.