An action encapsulates a typical function performed during the installation or maintenance of an application. Windows Installer has many built-in standard actions. Developers of installation packages can also author their own custom actions.
Examples of installer standard actions include:
- CreateShortcuts action: Manages the creation of shortcuts to files installed with the current application. This action uses the Shortcut table for its data.
- InstallFiles action: Copies selected files from the source directory to the destination directory. This action uses the File table for its data.
- WriteRegistryValues action: Sets up registry information the application requires in the registry. This action uses the Registry table for its data.
The following sections discuss standard actions.