Using * for Product ID in product.wix

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Using * for Product ID in product.wix
defaults in WIX setup 
Martin Pollard

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Joined: 2013-01-23
Does anyone know why * is a default in the addin express Product.wix xml? Is it a defult? In my product.wix I use a unique GUID and the installer functions correctly. what is * all about. your help will be appreciated
Posted 13 Jan, 2017 06:58:54 Top
Andrei Smolin

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Joined: 2006-05-11
Hello Martin,

Right in Visual Studio, in the the XML editor, you can hover the Id item to get this tool tip:

Values of this type will look like: "01234567-89AB-CDEF-0123-456789ABCDEF" or "{01234567-89AB-CDEF-0123-456789ABCDEF}". A GUID can be auto-generated by setting the value to "*". Also allows "PUT-GUID-HERE" for use in examples.

To get this text, right-click the Id attribute (of the Product tag) and choose Go To Definition on the context menu. This opens wix.xsd with the definition of the Id attribute. Right-click the "AutogenGuid" text and choose Go To Definition once again.

Regards from Belarus (GMT+3),

Andrei Smolin
Add-in Express Team Leader
Posted 13 Jan, 2017 07:32:37 Top