Configuration Tab

In this tab, you can configure a Microsoft APPX/MSIX package which you can use to deploy your app on the UWP.




Select the folder where the APPX/MSIX package will be created.


The name of APPX/MSIX file.



Select the target architectures for the package.

  • Create individual packages for each architecture - select to create a different APPX/MSIX package for each architecture selected.
  • Create a bundle with individual packages inside - select to create an APPX/MSIX bundle that can target multiple architectures.
    Flat Bundle - Check this option to enable an improved way to bundle the package files with advantages as reduced uploading time and faster publishing.

Caution!Creating MSIX packages for Neutral architecture brings some limitations: appCompat incompatibility, Package Migration incompatibility, Application Arguments, Working Directory and Run mode from Application Details Page are incompatible, appdata and local appdata folders will not be migrated.

Packaging Distribution

After packaging your app, there are three possibilities to distribute it:

  • Sideload it
  • Unsigned Development Package
  • Distribute it through Microsoft Store

ImportantAdvanced Installer's behavior regarding Publisher ID and signing options is different depending on the selected package distribution type. For more information please see this article : How to build MSIX packages for Windows Store and sideloading from the same project.

Target Platforms

Select the target platforms for the current build.

  • Desktop - choose the configuration to target
  • Server - choose the configuration to target

Deploying MSIX packages to Windows versions earlier than Windows 10

Caution!Selecting a Target Platform lower than Windows 10 requires special attention!

MSIX Core enables MSIX support on Windows versions earlier than Windows 10.

NoteIn order to deploy your MSIX package with MSIX Core, you have to install msixmngr tool. You can download the latest version from the official release page.

Creating MSIX packages for earlier versions of Windows brings some limitations:

  • appCompat incompatibility
  • Package Migration incompatibility
  • Application Arguments, Working Directory and Run mode from Application Details Page are incompatible
  • appdata and local appdata folders will not be migrated
  • Bundle packages and Store packages are not available.
  • The "Bundle with EXE" option is not available.

ImportantIf your package is configured with any of the above features, a warning will be displayed at build time and the resulting package will be stripped of any of incompatible resources.


Allow UWP specific options

This option allows you to configure the UWP package using Advanced Installer's UI. Settings from the regular MSI-based views/pages will be transferred to the available UWP views if they are supported.

The supported settings that can be automatically transferred are:

  • Application details (Name, Description, etc.)
  • Package description (Name, Logo, Version, etc.)
  • File type associations (File type, Content type, etc.)
  • Visual elements

You can access each UWP specific view by clicking one of the Applications, Visual Assets or Declarations link buttons.

NoteIf you change settings in the UWP views, they will overwrite the settings from the MSI-based views/pages. This means that only the settings from the UWP views will be included in the final build.