Windows Installler 3.0. Windows Installer 3.0 (Not 3.1) For Windows 2000 SP3, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP (No service packs), Windows XP SP1. Windows XP SP2 includes Windows Installer 3.0, so is not needed if you have Windows XP SP2 or later.
Windows Installer Editor's Review
Make the installation, maintenance and un-installation of your software easy with Windows Installer.
So it’s still the good old program that provides a base on which software developers can make the installation, updating and un-installation of their products quick, easy and familiar for the user.
A nice addition for software developers is the ability to integrate a customer user interface handler in the installer package: personalise the product experience for your customers.
As for those customers, there’s some good news for you as well. No more installing each package individually and rebooting your computer for every single one! Imagine the time you’ll save. With Windows Installer 4.5 the process has integrated so the installation progress, rollback and reboot happens in one single action that makes the installation process simple and less time consuming.
Other updates of interest include the update supersedence resiliency, shared component patching resiliency during uninstall and custom action execution on update uninstall. As a result of these changes certain issues experienced whilst using earlier version of Windows Installer have been resolved, including a rather annoying glitch that even if a component of an update was shared by various products, that component would still be removed if the update was uninstalled.
Pro's: Integrated installation, rollback and reboot
Con's: None that we can see.. reliable and easy to use.
Conclusion: Windows provide some of the most reliable software out on the market and this is no different. We highly recommend updating if you're running on a Windows OS.
The table in this topic identifies the released versions of the Windows Installer. For more information, see Operating System Property Values.
|Windows Installer 2.0||2.0.2600.0||Released with Windows XP.|
|Windows Installer 2.0||2.0.2600.1||Released with Windows 2000 Server with Service Pack 3 (SP3).|
|Windows Installer 2.0||2.0.2600.1183||Released with Windows 2000 Server with Service Pack 4 (SP4).|
|Windows Installer 2.0||2.0.2600.2||Released as a redistributable.|
|Windows Installer 2.0||2.0.2600.1106||Released with Windows XP with Service Pack 1 (SP1).|
|Windows Installer 2.0||2.0.3790.0||Released with Windows Server 2003.|
|Windows Installer 3.0||3.0.3790.2180||Released with Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2). Released as a redistributable.|
|Windows Installer 3.1||3.1.4000.1823||Released as a redistributable. This version is has the same functionality as version 3.1.4000.2435.|
|Windows Installer 3.1||3.1.4000.1830||Released with Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. Update this version to version 3.1.4000.2435 to address the issue discussed in KB898628.|
|Windows Installer 3.1||3.1.4000.3959||Released with Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2).|
|Windows Installer 3.1||3.1.4000.2435||Released with a fix to address the issue discussed in KB898628. This is the latest version of Windows Installer 3.1.|
|Windows Installer 3.1||3.1.4001.5512||Released with Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3).|
|Windows Installer 4.0||4.0.6000.16386||Released with Windows Vista.|
|Windows Installer 4.0||4.0.6001.18000||Released with Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008.|
|Windows Installer 4.5||4.5.6002.18005||Released with Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack (SP2.)|
|Windows Installer 4.5||4.5.6000.20817||Released as a redistributable for Windows Vista.|
|Windows Installer 4.5||4.5.6001.22162||Released as a redistributable for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista with SP1.|
|Windows Installer 4.5||4.5.6001.22159||Released as a redistributable for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and later, and Windows Server 2003 with SP1 and later.|
|Windows Installer 5.0||5.0.7600.16385 or greater||Released with Windows Server 2008 R2 and later and Windows 7 and later.|
Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 comes with Windows Installer 5.0.
Windows Installer 3.1 64 Bit
For information about how to determine the Windows Installer version, see Determining the Windows Installer Version.
Windows Installer 3.1 Windows 10
For a list of changes in each of the Windows Installer versions, see What's New in Windows Installer.
For information about obtaining the latest Windows Installer redistributable, see Windows Installer Redistributables.