This view allows you to include existing installers in your package or to enable Windows features. The installers can be executed before, during or after your main installation.

Existing installers can be added in multiple ways, depending on the moment you want to execute them:

  • Pre-install - frameworks and runtimes required by your package or application. They are installed by an EXE bootstrapper before your MSI is launched.
  • Feature-based - additional packages which are handled as features in your installer.
  • Chained - packages embedded in your MSI using native Windows Installer 4.5 support. Are ignores on machines with older Windows Installer versions.
  • Post-install - feature-based prerequisites which are launched after your main installation. They are also handled by the installation user interface.

NoteYou can change when a prerequisite is executed by dragging it over the appropriate folder (Pre-install, Feature-based or Post-install).

ImportantGlobal prerequisites are handled by our EXE bootstrapper. This is why the corresponding option must be checked in the Configuration Tab page.

All setup files used by a prerequisite can be bundled with your package or placed online and accessed through an URL. During install, if the prerequisite is not found it will be automatically installed.


Adding predefined prerequisites

Select Packages tree item to display the Frameworks and Runtimes page. You can then check the prerequisites you want to include in your package.

NoteIn Frameworks and Runtimes page you can also configure global prerequisite options.

To make sure that the target machines can run your installation package, you can include Windows Installer as a prerequisite. Windows Installer predefined prerequisites use special setup file locations. When building your project, the prerequisite installation package is downloaded automatically. If the download fails or you cancel it, an error message will be displayed and the build process is aborted.

Adding bundled prerequisite software

Use the [ Package Prerequisite ] toolbar button, “New Package Prerequisite” context menu item or Insert key. You will be prompted to pick the prerequisite setup files. If you cancel the files dialog, an URL prerequisite will be created instead.

Adding downloadable prerequisite software

Use the [ URL Prerequisite ] toolbar button or “New URL Prerequisite” context menu item. This type of prerequisite is created with default settings, so you need to configure it manually.

Adding chained packages

Use the [ Chained Package ] toolbar button or context menu item. Chained packages are handled by the actual installation process and are launched when the progress bar is shown.

NoteChained packages require Windows Installer 4.5 or higher. For older Windows Installer versions they are ignored.

Specify which builds will contain a prerequisite or chained package

Use the “Builds...” context menu item. A dialog with all MSI builds will be displayed. This option is shown only if multiple builds were created in Media page.

Adding a prerequisite from repository

Use the “Add From Repository” context menu item. A submenu with all the available repository prerequisites will be displayed.

NoteThis option is shown only if there is at least one prerequisite in repository.

Exporting a prerequisite in repository

Select the prerequisite you want to export and use the “Move To Repository” context menu item.

TipYou can read more about the prerequisites repository in this article.

Editing a prerequisite or chained package

When selecting a prerequisite or chained package, its properties pane will be displayed. In this pane you can configure all available package settings.

Removing prerequisites

Use the [ Delete ] toolbar button, the “Delete” context menu item or press the Delete key while a prerequisite or chained package is selected.

Reordering prerequisites and chained packages

The order in which the prerequisites and chained packages are displayed is the order in which they will be installed on the target machine. The [ Move Up ] context menu item or Shift + Up keys will move a package up. The [ Move Down ] context menu item or Shift + Down keys will move it down.

Windows Features

Adding a Windows Features bundle

Use the [ Windows Feature bundle ] toolbar button or “New Windows Feature bundle” context menu item.

Editing a Windows Features bundle

When selecting a Windows Features bundle, its properties pane will be displayed. In this pane you can configure all available settings.

Removing a Windows Features bundle

Use the [ Delete ] toolbar button, the “Delete” context menu item or press the Delete key while a Windows Features bundle is selected.