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Open Software Description

Note  This technology is obsolete as of Windows Internet Explorer 7 and should not be used.

Microsoft Internet Component Download (MSICD) is a system service for downloading and installing software from Web sites on the Internet and intranets. This section contains a list of articles available for MSICD.

Overviews/Tutorials

About OSD File Architecture

Open Software Description (OSD) files are used to describe software components, their versions, their underlying structures, and their dependence on other components. This article describes the design and organization of OSD files.

Introduction to Open Software Description

This article is an overview of the OSD vocabulary. It presents high-level information about the benefits and usage of OSD.

Elements and Objects

ABSTRACT

Contains a string that summarizes the associated IMPLEMENTATION or SOFTPKG parent element.

CODEBASE

Specifies the location of the file or distribution unit to be installed.

DEPENDENCY

Specifies an additional distribution unit that must be present for the software distribution SOFTPKG to function correctly.

DISKSIZE

Not implemented.

IMPLEMENTATION

Specifies the configuration required by the current software distribution.

IMPLTYPE

Not implemented.

LANGUAGE

Specifies a semicolon-delimited list of RFC1766 language codes used for international distribution.

LICENSE

Not implemented.

MEMSIZE

Not implemented.

OS

Specifies the operating system the software supports.

OSVERSION

Specifies the version of the operating system the software supports.

PROCESSOR

Specifies the type of processor the software will run on.

SOFTPKG

Obsolete. Defines a software distribution.

TITLE

Specifies the string that will appear in the title bar.

VM

Not implemented.

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