Advanced Installer Express Edition
Bring your apps and games to the Microsoft Store using the free Express edition from Advanced Installer.
We monitor the operating system for changes performed by your current MSI/EXE installer. The captured resources are then included in a new Advanced Installer project from which you can generate both an APPX and MSI/EXE package.
Virtual Machine Integration
Running an OS inside a virtual machine guarantees the best results. Advanced Installer can automatically launch a VM image, run the old installer, capture the changes, and send back the results to the host OS to be used for building the APPX.
You can also install and run Advanced Installer Express edition directly in the virtual machine and then copy your generated project and its resources on your development machine.
No steep learning curve here. Get full control over the contents of your APPX package with a dedicated GUI. Customize it in minutes.
Visual Studio Integration
Get your UWP and MSI packages built directly from your Visual Studio solution by using built-in integration with MSBuild for seamless, continuous integration.
Debug your application running in a UWA context, as shown in the following video.
How to convert a legacy package to the APPX format
Follow the introductory tutorial to create a working sample
Complementing Desktop Bridge
With the help of the Desktop Bridge team from Microsoft, we built the Express edition for Advanced Installer to cover for all the missing features from Microsoft's Desktop App Converter. Here are the most important ones:
- Convert any installation, no matter if it installs silently or not.
- Generate a conversion project: reload, edit and rebuild your APPX package in seconds.
- Build APPX and MSI/EXE packages from the same project, continue serving your Windows 7 users.
- Built-in Visual Studio integration for debugging and build automation.
- You do not need the matching Docker image anymore; you can use any virtual machine. Hyper-V and VMware come with built-in management support.
- Detection of high-level constructs, like file type associations or firewall rules and mapping those entries accordingly in the AppXManifest file.
- It's all GUI based, so no more problems with discovering command line switches or typos.
- Your application can be launched with an argument (i.e., shortcut arguments).
- Your package can contain multiple applications.
- One-click digital signature support for sideloaded packages.
For information about the Desktop Bridge visit Microsoft Dev Center.