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Launch Condition Management in Deployment

The Launch Conditions Editor allows you to specify conditions that must be met in order to successfully run an installation. For example, you might want to check for a specific version of an operating system; if a user attempts to install on a system that does not meet the condition, the installation will not occur.

Searches can be performed on a target computer to determine if a particular file, registry key, or Microsoft Windows Installer component exists. Searches and conditional evaluations are performed at the beginning of an installation.

Predefined launch conditions enable you to add a both search and a launch condition in a single step. The Property property for the search is automatically referenced in the Condition property of the launch condition.

The following topics describe tasks that can be performed using the Launch Conditions Editor.

Topic

Description

Properties for the Launch Conditions Editor

Describes properties for the Launch Conditions Editor.

.NET Framework Launch Condition

Describes how to determine if the .NET Framework runtime files are installed on a target computer and roll back installation if they are not.

How to: Add a File Launch Condition

Explains how to determine if a file exists on a target computer and roll back installation if it does not.

How to: Add a Registry Launch Condition

Explains how to determine if a registry entry exists on a target computer and roll back installation if it does not.

How to: Add a Windows Installer Launch Condition

Explains how to determine if a Windows Installer component exists on a target computer and roll back installation if it does not.

How to: Add an Internet Information Services Launch Condition

Describes how to determine if Internet Information Services is installed on a target computer and roll back installation if it is not.

How to: Add a File Search in the Launch Conditions Editor

Describes how to determine if a file exists on a target computer.

How to: Add a Registry Search in the Launch Conditions Editor

Explains how to determine if a registry key exists on a target computer.

How to: Add a Windows Installer Search in the Launch Conditions Editor

Explains how to determine if a Windows Installer component exists on a target computer.

How to: Add a Launch Condition for Microsoft Data Access Components

Demonstrates how to determine if data-access components should be installed.

How to: Add a Launch Condition in the Launch Conditions Editor

Describes how to specify conditions that must be met for installation.

How to: Add Predefined Launch Conditions

Describes how to add preconfigured launch conditions for the .NET Framework as well as files, registry entries, Windows Installer components, and Internet Information Services.

How to: Use a Registry Launch Condition to Specify a Target Directory

Demonstrates how to change a target directory based on conditions.

Term

Definition

Searching for Existing Applications, Files, Registry Entries or .ini File Entries

Describes how Windows Installer can search for a specific file or directory during an installation to determine if a user has already installed a version of an application.

File Installation Management in Deployment

Describes the File System Editor, which allows you to add project outputs, files, and other items to a deployment project and specify where they will be installed on the target computer.

Registry Settings Management in Deployment

Describes the Registry Editor, which allows you to specify registry keys and values to be added to the registry of the target computer.

File Types Management in Deployment

Describes the File Types Editor, which is used to establish file associations on the target computer.

User Interface Management in Deployment

Describes the User Interface Editor, which can be used to specify and set properties for predefined dialog boxes that are displayed during installation on the target computer.

Custom Actions Management in Deployment

Describes the Custom Actions Editor, which allows you to specify additional actions to be performed on the target computer at the end of an installation.

What's New in Deployment

Describes new features related to setup and deployment.

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