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InstallShield Limited Edition for Visual Studio

InstallShield Limited Edition for Visual Studio

Does InstallShield Limited Edition for Visual Studio Meet All Your Installation Requirements?

InstallShield Limited Edition for Visual Studio provides a small subset of the world-class functionality found in our other InstallShield editions. Many of the features our InstallShield customers love are locked and unavailable in your InstallShield Limited Edition.

If your installation requirements evolve beyond the capabilities of the InstallShield Limited Edition, consider upgrading to a more advanced InstallShield edition:

  • InstallShield Premier Edition
    This is the world's most powerful and flexible solution for building Windows installations. Capable of handling even the most complex installation requirements for desktop, server, Web, and mobile applications. The best choice for enterprise-level development environments. Try InstallShield Premier Edition now.

  • InstallShield 
    A powerful and easy-to-use solution for building Windows installations. A great option for both novice and seasoned installation developers. Try InstallShield now.

The table below highlights some of the functionality differences among the different editions. Please visit for more details.

Comparing InstallShield Editions

Feature InstallShield Premier InstallShield Limited
Edition for
Visual Studio

Create Microsoft® App-V™ Installations - Now Included with Premier!

Build both physical and virtual application packages from the same build process. Includes new support for App-V 5.0.


Virtualization Suitability Testing

Ensure applications are compatible with enterprise application virtualization technologies, such as Microsoft App-V, VMware® ThinApp™ and Citrix® XenApp™.


Automate Installing Windows Roles and Features

Avoid the risk of manual tasks by automatically installing Windows roles and features with an application's installation.


Microsoft® PowerShell™ Support - Run PowerShell Scripts from Suite/Advanced UI Projects

Streamline server configuration tasks by running PowerShell scripts - the enterprise scripting language of choice.


Simplify Multi-Tier Installations

Use multi-tier installation templates to deploy web/server applications as a single cloud-ready package.


Windows 8® Validation Testing

Validate installations against Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 best practices from Microsoft.


Windows 8 Start Screen Icon Pinning

Define the application shortcuts that are pinned to the Windows 8 start screen, delivering a clean first impression for the end-user.

Updated Advanced UI Designer

Create contemporary install experiences using new Wizard design capabilities.


Create Pure 64-Bit Installations

Deploy 64-bit applications using 64-bit installations that support Windows Server configurations where WoW64 has been disabled.


Hybrid Cloud Deployments

Microsoft® SQL Azure™ database scripting capabilities enable hybrid cloud SQL deployments.


Microsoft® Windows® 8 and Windows Server® 2012

Includes support for Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2012 Support

Includes support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.

Advanced Wizard Page Editor and Redesigned Wizard Pages

Provides an entirely new end-user interface with redesigned built-in wizard pages and a new wizard page editor.


Automatic Checking for Installer Updates and Patches

Automatically checks and downloads updates and patches at run-time.


Suite Installation Enhancements

Enhanced Suite/Advanced UI project type provides more capabilities to bundle multiple products together into a single, unified suite installation.


Microsoft® System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Support

Enables Software Producers to provide required deployment metadata to their Enterprise customers.


PowerShell Support

Enables Software Producers to streamline installation scripting requirements.


Suite Installations

With the new InstallShield Suite Project type, multiple products can be easily bundled together into a single, unified suite installation..


Installation Streaming

Installation Streaming reduces the downloading wait time required before installation can begin.


Installation Collaboration

The InstallShield Collaboration add-on has been significantly enhanced to better support distributed, collaborative installation development.


Build Events

InstallShield eliminates the need for you to manage external script files by integrating new pre- and post-build events with the InstallShield build process.


Multilingual Support

Present installation text in up to 35 languages.


Standalone Build System

Maintain a clean build machine by using only the part of InstallShield that compiles the installations.


InstallShield Best Practices Validation Suite

Avoid common installation issues.


Merge Module Projects

Merge Module Projects now include built-in support for IIS, text file changes, and XML file changes.


Automation Interface Support for Setting the Setup.exe Required Execution Level

The InstallShield automation interface lets you configure the required execution level for Setup.exe. The required execution level is the minimum level required by your installation's Setup.exe file for running the installation (the setup launcher, any InstallShield prerequisites, and the .msi file) on Windows Vista and later platforms.


Enhanced 64-Bit Application Support

New functionality gives developers more power to deploy applications on 64-bit systems.


Unicode InstallScript Support

Build InstallScript installations that support multiple languages in runtime strings, registry entries, dialog boxes, and more.


Enhanced Script Editor

New auto-completion functionality increases developer efficiency by reducing the time spent on typing code and helps eliminate typographical code errors.


Expiring Setup Launchers

Prevent your end users from installing outdated versions of applications.


Industry-Standard InstallScript

Achieve maximum flexibility in your installations.


Dialog Editor

Modify the layout of existing end-user dialogs, create new custom dialogs, and more.


Patch Creation

Build updates and patches for your products.


Setup Prerequisite Editor

Easily control prerequisite restart behavior and source locations.


String Editor View

Control the localizable text strings displayed at run time with this spreadsheet-like table.


Text File Changes View

Configure search-and-replace actions for content in text files to be modified at run time.


Unicode Support

Improve multi-language installation development.


Support for 64-Bit COM Extraction

Extract COM data from a 64-bit COM server


XML Support

Save time by quickly testing XML configuration changes to installation projects.


Standalone Build Add-On

InstallShield provides a Standalone Build add-on that enables installation developers to maintain a clean build system by using the part of InstallShield that builds the installations, plus any redistributables included in the installations.

5 Free Licenses 1 Free License  

Standalone Build Licensing Changes

Standalone Build licenses come with InstallShield Premier and Professional Editions, and more are available for purchase.

5 Free Licenses 1 Free License  

Specify Custom Icon and Version Resource Properties

Modify the icon and version resource properties to match your company and product branding.


Billboard Support for Custom Branding

display Adobe Flash billboards and other graphic files during the install process.


Saas Support (IIS 7 and SSL Technologies)

Easily deploy Windows-based Web applications.


Application Tagging

InstallShield is the only strategic installation development solution that creates ISO 19770-2 software identification tags as part of the installation development process.

Monitoring for COM Extraction

InstallShield supports a new monitoring method for COM extraction.


.NET Framework 4.5 and Other Prerequisites

Have installers check for and install required applications and system components during install time.

Integration with Microsoft Team Foundation Server

Use the Visual Studio IDE to effectively manage, compile, and build Visual Studio and InstallShield projects in a single environment.

New Predefined System Searches

New searches for .NET Framework 4.0, SQL Server 2008 Express SP1, and Adobe Reader 9 check if the required component is installed on the target system and take appropriate action.


Specify Folders for InstallShield Prerequisite Searches

This enhancement makes it easy for your development team to share prerequisites and store them in source code control.


Project Assistant

Jumpstart a project by using a simplified set of views.

Support for Digital Signatures

Save time by digitally signing all your files at build time.

Easily Run Custom Actions

Schedule a custom action to run at precisely the right moment in your installation.

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