Set up 64-bit and 32-bit systems with the same installer.
Detect and support ia64 and x64 systems including Itanium, AMD64, and EM64T. Only InstallAware allows you to ship a single hybrid MSI for both 32-bit and 64-bit customers.
First MSI Builder to Support Windows 8.
InstallAware is the only installer with a built-in Aero Glass setup themes that fully complies with the new Aero Wizard specifications. InstallAware is the only installer that can directly pin shortcuts to the Microsoft Windows Taskbar and unpin them from the Windows 8 Start Screen.
Select your old and new setups, click Build Patch, and InstallAware automatically generates a native MSP-file that is packaged using advanced compression.
Refined user interface
Deliver setups that display the latest visual themes. 17 unique dialog themes, non-rectangular setup windows, plus Flash and HTML billboards, make your setups more interesting and more interactive.
WebAware Installation Technology
Reduce download size by removing technology dependencies (such as the .NET Framework) or rarely used features from your main setup file. The main setup will download them seamlessly from the web as needed. Files required by the minimum configuration are included in the main package, which installs without a Web connection.
Extend setups with custom programs
Run any program as part of your setup, without requiring a particular program location or having to install the program together with your setup. Run before/after your install/uninstall, or even from the finish dialog.
Five minutes to an installer
Build setups in minutes using wizards, templates, and samples. Then make refinements using InstallAware's intuitive task-based views.
Java installation support
Build Java application installations, with support for preinstalling Java Virtual Machines and runtime environments on Microsoft Windows systems. Complete project sample included.
It took me less than 3 hours to put together a basic install with shortcuts, registry info, license agreement and so on. The same thing in InstallShield took me 2 days. Given how much cheaper this is, I don't know why anyone would want to buy install shield at all.
In the basic version, if there is some control you can't access from the user interface (and one very occasionally finds there is), then it can't be accessed at all.
New MSI Builder Items: Visual Studio 2012 Add-In, Windows 8 Eco-System Runtimes, Start Screen Unpin, Run Any Shortcut as Administrator, Code-Sign All Binaries in Setup, ASP.NET Web Automation Interface, Template Projects, ISO/IEC 19770-2:2009, .NET Plug-In Bridge, Direct MSI Build, XML XPath Queries.