Liviu
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Mixed package type with per-user installation

Hi,

By default, "Mixed 32/64-bit matching the platform" Package type is not compatible with “Per-user only” installation type.
This happens because our mixed package type makes some changes which work on per-machine only, for example modifying registry and folder location which a per-user can not access.

In the "Mixed 32/64-bit matching the platform" Package type, Advanced Installer defines the “AI_ProgramFiles” property that will point to the system program files (C:\Program Files\) on both platform types. As we can see this location is not compatible with "Per-user only".

However, there is a method we can use to conditionally install the application resources based on the OS bitness.

As detailed in our Advanced Installer Package Types article, the "32-bit package" can be installed on both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms.

1. Create a new project.
2. From the "Install Parameters" page, we select the "32-bit package" type and "Per-user only" installation type.
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3. Now, from the "Files and Folders" page we can create 2 folders under "Application Folder":
  • x86 res
  • x64 res
4. After that, right click on the folders → Properties and from the "Properties" tab check the "Install folder content into the parent folder" option. We need to do that for both folders.
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5. Now we add the resources we want on a "32-bit" machine on the "x86 res" folder and the resources for "64-bit" machine on the "x64 res" folder. For this demo I added a "x64.txt" txt file into the "x64 res" folder and "x32.txt" txt file into "x86 res" folder.
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6. On the "Organization" page, we create 2 new features:
  • x64
  • x86
7. Select the "x64" feature and on the "Not installed if" option add "NOT VersionNT64".
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8. Select the "x86" feature and on the "Not installed if" option add "VersionNT64".
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9. Now we go back to the "Files and Folders" page, right click on the "x64 res" folder → Move To Feature, select the "x64" Feature from the list and click "Ok". Do the same for the "x86 res" folder.
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After that, based on the machine type where our application is installed, the "Per-user" install contains only the specific resources.
For example, on my per-user install after installing the application, only the 64-bit resources were installed since my machine is 64-bit type. In the below screenshot is the result:
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The sample project is attached to this thread, so if you are interested to take a look directly at my project, you are more than welcome to download the project file.

Best regards,
Liviu
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