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Good Bye Visual Studio Installer Projects

December 27, 2012 2 comments

As Microsoft had announced on 2010 , Visual Studio Installer Projects have been removed with latest Visual studio release. (VS 2012).  Recently i was trying to convert our existing VS 2010 solution to vs 2012, got the problem. All the other projects on the solutions were converted successfully and Setup project gave error as project type not installed. At first i thought that i have to create all the setup project from the beginning.  But with few steps, could convert all to ‘InstallShield Limited Edition’ projects.

  1. InstallShield Limited Edition is not installing when we install VS 2012. (I am not sure with other versions, but i use VS 2012 ultimate and it didn’t had InstallShield Limited Edition installed)
  2. Even after installing InstallShield Limited Edition, those setup project will not convert by opening it. (which i thought that way would work)
  3. First open the Vs 2010 solution with VS 2012, it converts all other projects with error of setup project cannot convert.
  4. Remove existing setup project from solution.
  5. open add new project dialog for solution. select the ‘Other project type’ and select the ‘InstallShield Limited Edition Project’
  6. It should not be installed if you didn’t install it previously. so when you try to open the project it will show a message on browser to download the InstallShield Limited Edition
  7. Follow the instruction and download the InstallShield setup. they will send the key to activate to entered email address.
  8. After install, you might have to restart the VS. enter received serial no and activate
  9. Now same as step 5, add InstallShield setup project and on the InstallShield menu on main menu, select ‘Visual Studio Deployment Project Import Wizard…’
  10. Select your vs 2010 setup project file.  Hopefully it will convert without error. i didn’t had to do any changes on converted project.

 

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