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How to: Sign Setup Files with SignTool.exe (Windows Installer)

Visual Studio 2010

You can use SignTool.exe to sign a Windows Installer file (.msi) or a Setup program (setup.exe). By signing setup files, you help ensure that tampered files are not installed on end-user computers.

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To sign a Windows Installer file (.msi)

  1. On the development computer, install the certificate that you want to sign the file with.

  2. Open a Visual Studio command prompt.

  3. Change to the directory that contains the .msi file.

  4. Sign the .msi file by using the following command:

    signtool sign /sha1 CertificateHash SetupFile.msi
    

    For example, to sign a setup file that is named ExcelAddInSetup.msi, use the following command:

    signtool sign /sha1 CCB... ExcelAddInSetup.msi
    

To sign a Setup program (.exe)

  1. On the development computer, install the certificate that you want to sign the file with.

  2. Open a Visual Studio command prompt.

  3. Change to the directory that contains the .exe file.

  4. Sign the .exe file by using the following command:

    signtool sign /sha1 CertificateHash Setup.exe
    

    For example, to sign the Setup program, use the following command:

    signtool sign /sha1 CCB... Setup.exe
    

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