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What is dotNetInstaller?

dotNetInstaller is a widely used, general-purpose setup bootstrapper for Microsoft Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008 and Windows 7.

Setup Bootstrapper Installer Editor

dotNetInstaller enables the developer to define the application prerequisites and install the correct version(s) of these components in a predictable order based on the processor architecture, user operating system type and language, allow the user to download these components from the web, install these components directly from a single packaged setup, local media or both. dotNetInstaller is very feature rich and runs on all known Windows operating systems with a very tiny footprint.

A boostrapper doesn't replace tools like InstallShield, Wise, Visual Studio Setup and Deployment Project or Wix. The goal is to create an application to help users with installing the correct prerequisites. Most real world applications need to install several components to work properly, including Windows Service Packs, Internet Explorer, MDAC or .NET Framework. This kind of applications are most commonly known as bootstrappers. dotNetInstaller is such a bootstrapper.

Are you using dotNetInstaller?

We know there're dozens of commercial products using dotNetInstaller. This is a free project, so the least you could do is reply to Are you using dotNetInstaller for a shipping product?. Your time is much appreciated.

dotNetInstaller ships with a library of commonly used components with tested conditions. Got more? Reply to Got working components with conditions?.

Last edited May 28, 2012 at 9:33 PM by dblock, version 45