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Bring back the basic setup and deployment project type Visual Studio Installer.

You really need to bring back the basic Setup and Deployment project name Visual Studio Installer. It was a clean, simple, and effective installer for home grown applications that were to be deployed internally. I downloaded and used InstallShield LE and it's too complicated and overblown to build simple effective install/uninstall capabilities. Why did you remove it to begin with? We have to support desktop applications for the foreseeable future.

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    JeffJeff shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Chris SaundersChris Saunders shared a merged idea: Support the Setup and Deployment tool you had in 2013 - Why is Flexera's software being forced on everyone?  ·   · 
    ThomasXThomasX shared a merged idea: Bring back the basic setup and deployment project type Visual Studio Installer.  ·   · 
    Peter RowPeter Row shared a merged idea: Bring back Setup and deployment project type to Visual Studio 2012 and higher  ·   · 
    AnonymousAnonymous shared a merged idea: Create an new setup project type in Visual Studio that doesn't rely on third-party or open-source tools  ·   · 
    decebal mihailescudecebal mihailescu shared a merged idea: bring back the old setup project  ·   · 
    PrzemoPrzemo shared a merged idea: Bring back ability to run specific code when breakpoint is hit  ·   · 
    JavierJavier shared a merged idea: Please, fire workers and managers who Declined to bring back Setup and Deployment projects.  ·   · 
    naresh vonteddynaresh vonteddy shared a merged idea: Please bring back setup project template to visual studio 2012  ·   · 
    Enner PérezEnner Pérez shared a merged idea: Windows Installer Deployment  ·   · 
    Anonymous shared a merged idea: Bring back the Setup & Deployment project  ·   · 
    JohnJohn shared a merged idea: InstallShield "limited edition" SUCKS OUT LOUD! It is unusable and there is NO SUPPORT from either company.  ·   · 
    Anonymous shared a merged idea: Bring back the basic setup and deployment project type Visual Studio Installer.  ·   · 
    UMER QaiserUMER Qaiser shared a merged idea: Bring back the basic setup and deployment project type Visual Studio Installer.  ·   · 
    craigcraig shared a merged idea: bring back the setup project functionality of vs2010. making us pay hundreds of dollars for installshield is ********. what a joke.  ·   · 
    Luke SkywakerLuke Skywaker shared a merged idea: Visual studio 2012 Set up project:  ·   · 
    Chris SaundersChris Saunders shared a merged idea: MSI Project tool replacement costs more than VS Pro 2012  ·   · 
    Chris SaundersChris Saunders shared a merged idea: Bring back the MSI Project Installer  ·   · 
    Tony LuggTony Lugg shared a merged idea: Bring back Visual Studio Installer in VS2012  ·   · 
    Daniel DittenhaferDaniel Dittenhafer shared a merged idea: Support building VDPROJ (Setup projects) with MSBUILD  ·   · 
    MaxMax shared a merged idea: improve, extend an speedup Setup projects  ·   · 
    Greg DuncanGreg Duncan shared a merged idea: Don't kill Setup Projects in the next VS (or maybe better include a complete solution)  ·   · 

    We have just released an extension which delivers the Visual Studio Installer projects functionality present in Visual Studio 2010 for Visual Studio 2013.

    To find out more please read Visual Studio Installer Projects Extension

    Tony Goodhew, Program Manager, VS Pro

    We have more information on the next version of InstallShield Limited Edition that will be included in Visual Studio 2013.

    What’s new in Visual Studio 2013 and InstallShield Limited Edition

    We’d like to thank you all for your comments on this UserVoice entry. We have been discussing the comments on InstallShield Limited Edition (ISLE) raised here with Flexera and we are currently working with them to address the top issues. At this stage we have no plans to include the former Visual Studio Setup Projects in future product versions but we will continue to work with Flexera and the community to ensure Visual Studio customers’ setup needs will be met with no-cost tooling that supports a broad range of scenarios.

    Tony Goodhew, Program Manager, VS Pro.


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      • Ian TompsettIan Tompsett commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If it's so readily available as an extension, why not just include it in the main VS product? That would make life much easier on build servers.

        As it is I end up developing software in VS 2015, but need to keep VS 2010 around to build my install projects - a major pain.

      • Sushil DudaniSushil Dudani commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why is Microsoft team making things difficult. Because you made things so difficult for me, I moved from Visual Studio 6 to Python and Node.JS and I am happy with those two latter languages. Bad decisions made by Microsoft programmers.

      • MackEMackE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You need to either include InstallShield LE as part of the basic install or give us something else so in work environments where we don't have to ability to download and install extensions, we can create a basic msi or exe.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please dont release version again n again .First fix the bugs and release after long time.

      • Don HalloranDon Halloran commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So, Microsoft has decided to make the operating system more and more complicated to install to (UAC, user folders, etc), while simultaneously removing the tools that would normally handle such complexities.

        You are killing your own operating system. If you make it so painful to create programs that install in a way that correctly adheres with your operating system security principles, then people will instead simply make programs that do not adhere to those principles.

        The decision is not only ridiculous from a development toolset point of view, it's utterly asinine when considered in the light of increasing OS complexity.

        This is Microsoft sending a big "F.U." to developers.

      • Ramanathan. RMRamanathan. RM commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am very much disappointed after installing the trial version of visual studio 2015 professional edition, that there is no setup and deployment project included. So i dropped the idea of buying the new version. My VS 2010 is the best for me.

      • Giles MiddletonGiles Middleton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        After many years of suffering InstallShield, we reverted to .VDPROJ files using the 2015 Visual Studio Installer Projects extension. It feels ten times faster to work with and compile/build.

        However - we are suffering big issues because of the flaky 'auto-detect dependencies' feature, and excluded items not working in a multi-developer environment. We need to turn this off!

        If anyone else is suffering from auto-detect dependencies including files it shouldn't and excluded files coming back, causing CI build failures - please upvote this MSConnect issue https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/1900756

      • wsfasowsfaso commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Copy from VS 2010 C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\ItemTemplates\VisualBasic\General\1033\installer.zip and place that into the corresponding directory for VS2013

        This trick does not seem to work for VS2015

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is really inconvenient for legacy product lines that have been built on 2012. Here use our product but no way to create an exe?

      • Dennis RobinsonDennis Robinson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Having no decent tools for creating installers in VS2012 seems like a pretty big over-site. It this really something considered a small change only effecting a minor subset of developers ? Not worth the development effort ?
        At this point moving to 2013 seems like the way to go. Just jump feet first into whatever surprises await me there.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree that the Install Shield method is too bloated. Trying to deploy a very simple application to some client computers and I end up with 199+ errors when building the setup.exe. ARGHH it was so much simpler in VB 6.0

      • Charles RitcheaCharles Ritchea commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I used to be like you until I took a shot to the NAnt. Just use WiX people. It's open source and the future. It doesn't require Visual Studio to build on your build server, and it is a lot more powerful. Just install the WiX extension. It's a complete lie that you can't create an installer with Visual Studio like @JD says.

      • JDJD commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "declined" ... you are joking right! how log do you think people will use VS if they can not create an install package with it?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Well... after reading 20 pages worth of negative comments I have to say I totally agree with all these other developers. Not only is Flexera Installshield LE a piece of **** but being forced to pay $2k for a version of a comparative MS tool that was free and worked very well is just a money grab. I also feel that the obfuscator "PreEmptive Dotfuscator CE" is useless. You now have to pay $200 for the same features that worked free from within VS2008.

        Microsoft, I don't know who's running things there now, but I have been an MS software developer for over 30 years and I have say that it may be time to move on. Please please talk to your customers before continuing to introduce improved versions of your development toosl that are no improvement at all !!!

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