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Multiple Builds

As mentioned earlier, once a repackaging operation is finished you can choose one or multiple builds. Of course, you can create any additional builds in the AIP project. But what does that mean?

Software deployment with Advanced Installer

If you plan to deploy the application via multiple methods or wish to upload the MSIX package to the Microsoft Store, with Advanced Installer you don’t need to take multiple captures or create multiple projects in order to achieve multiple builds of the same installation package, it’s all in one project.

Taking that our VLC project is already opened with Advanced Installer, all you need to do is navigate to the Builds page and click on MSIX Build on top. In the builds area a new Build_MSIX will appear where you can perform further customizations.

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You can choose the architecture of your MSIX package, choose if you want a bundle for multiple architectures or independent packages, select your distribution method, but also target platforms and other important information such as Applications (shortcuts), visual assets and declarations.

Automatic File Type Association Handling in Advanced Installer

For example, Advanced Installer automatically detected that file type associations are included in this package and everything has been included in the AppxManifest file for the MSIX application. Clicking on the Declarations button which appears in the above screenshot, you will be redirected to the Declarations page and all the FTAs will appear in the list.

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Advanced Installer also detected the classical shortcuts present in the project for the MSI built and automatically created the Applications for them.

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Keep in mind that MSIX migration limitations exist and in some cases further workarounds must be applied or the solution might not work (as in case of drivers for example).

advanced MSI packaging

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