Ty Anderson

Video: Create WiX setup projects using familiar Visual Studio designers

Visual Studio 2013 is a wonderful code editor. I’m a fan of it (monochrome icons and all). However, I have not adopted as quickly as I thought due to the lack of support for setup projects. This was big whole, thus many of us, developers, have turned to WiX.

WiX, of course, is a different animal than VS setup projects. You might even say it’s a true developer’s tool because it lacks some key visual designers. You must configure everything the hard way… pain must be involved!

But we disagree and think a developer’s time is best spent writing the code that implements their business requirements. Therefore, we created the Designer for Visual Studio WiX Setup Projects.

The WiX Designer provides you with a set of familiar Visual Studio designers to configure the File System, Registry, setup user interface, launch conditions, and more. This short video will show just how cool the WiX Designer is.


  • Marcus says:

    I was looking to test out the designer but I can’t use the activation beta code because my development environment is isolated (no internet). Any pointers you can give me is greatly appreciated.

  • Andrei Smolin (Add-in Express Team) says:

    Hello Marcus,

    1. In the Activation Wizard, choose the “Manual Activation Process” radio button and click Next.
    2. Fill the Registration Name and Registration Code textboxes with your data.
    3. Open the following link in your browser: https://www.activatenow.com/user/activation.asp.
    4. In the browser, fill the License Key textbox and click Submit
    5. Copy the hardware ID from the Activation Wizard window, paste it to the HardwareID textbox in the browser, and click Submit.
    6. Copy your activation code in the Successful New Activation textbox, paste it to the Activation Code textbox in the Activation Wizard window and click Next.

    Does it help?

  • Zop says:

    How can I code the dialog interface myself? Maybe using xaml?

  • Andrei Smolin (Add-in Express Team) says:

    Hello Zop,

    Check https://wixtoolset.org/documentation/manual/v3/wixui/.

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