Windows Installer vs InstallShield Self-Registration

Windows Installer Self-Registration

Windows Installer self-registration does the following:

  • Registers only .dll and .ocx files.
  • Registers files in arbitrary order.
  • Can register 64-bit files if the self-registering file is part of a 64-bit component.

InstallShield Self-Registration

InstallShield self-registration does the following:

  • Can register .exe, .tlb, .dll, and .ocx files.
  • Uses batch mode registration to handle any registration dependencies at run time.
  • Requires the inclusion of a self-registration engine that is 70 KB in overhead.
  • Can register 64-bit files if the self-registering file is part of a 64-bit component.

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