Advanced Installer #1 alternative to the WiX Toolset

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The very extended open-source WiX looked good but required a steep learning curve.

At the time of making our final decision, we decided to focus on our main goal: to save the precious time of our developers.

Hans-Leo Teulings
Phd - Ceo, Neuroscript, Llc

Advanced Installer helps software engineers coming from WiX Toolset speed up their packaging process and drastically flatten the learning curve. And this is what makes us the best WiX Toolset alternative!

Visual Studio & Azure DevOps integratio

Visual Studio & Azure DevOps integration.

Dedicated GUI

GUI-based interface with shortest learning curve in industry

Enhanced MSI user interface

Dedicated wizard to migrate WiX projects

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Free version that can be used for commercial purposes.

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Built-in features monthly updated

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CLI option for automation-coding enthusiasts enabling integration in the editing packaging process

WiX to Advanced Installer Migration Guide

If you prepare the migration from WiX to Advanced Installer - this is what you need to know:

You get full support to import WiX Toolset projects in Advanced Installer

You don’t have to start from scratch - Advanced Installer supports Wix projects through its dedicated WiX Import Wizard.

Just go in the Start Page-Developers-Import and select WiX Project.

The obvious differences between WiX Toolset and Advanced Installer
The Wix components approach.

Windows Installer XML Toolset builds the Windows Installer package with the information defined in the WiX source file (XML based).

Advanced Installer GUI approach.

Advanced Installer reduces the complexity and manages the power of Windows Installer through the dedicated GUI.

Open-source versus commercial.
  • Reducing costs and development time are two key factors in delivering a successful product.
  • Save time and money by using a packaging software that allows you to focus on developing your product, instead of how to build the installer for it.
What should you pay attention to when migrating your WiX installer to Advanced Installer?

WiX Scripting - there is a limitation in importing wix build scripts.

Advanced Installer offers alternative options like templates or bundles to eliminate manual scripting and everything is supported through GUI.

Going Further with Advanced Installer

Once you have your new Advanced Installer project, these articles are a great way to start optimizing your packaging process.

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