How to: Install the Windows Installer XML (WiX) Tools


Updated: October 9, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

You can develop an add-in package on your own development computer or on a test server. The examples in this section use the Windows Installer XML (WiX) Toolset to create the files that are needed for the add-in package.

To install the Windows Installer XML (WiX) Toolset

  1. Download and install the Windows Installer XML (WiX) Toolset from the SourceForge website ( to a folder on the development computer or test server.

  2. (Recommended) You can add the path for the folder where the toolset was installed to the Path environment variable to make it easier to run the commands in the toolset.

    1. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.

    2. Click Advanced system settings, and then in the System Properties dialog box, click Environment Variables.

    3. In the System variables list box, select the Path variable, and then click Edit.

    4. In the Variable value box, add the path for the folder where the toolset is installed. For example, the following path could be added:

      ;C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Installer XML v3.5\bin


      ;C:\Program Files (x86)\WiX Toolset v3.6\bin

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      You must ensure that your added path is separated from the other path entries by using a semicolon.

    5. Close the dialog boxes by clicking OK.