This information applies to the following project types:
For information on adding redistributables to InstallScript projects, see.
Two types of redistributablesmerge modules and objectsmust be associated with a feature in order to be installed. You can associate a single merge module or object with as many features or subfeatures as needed. If no features exist in your installation project when you attempt to add a merge module or object, theopens, enabling you to create a feature. If you do not create a feature, these two types of redistributables cannot be added to your installation project.
When you add an InstallShield prerequisite to an InstallScript MSI project, you cannot associate it with one or more features.
When you add an InstallShield prerequisite to a Basic MSI or Web project, it is not associated with any feature by default, and it is called a setup prerequisite, since it is run before your main installation runs. If appropriate, you can associate an InstallShield prerequisite with one more features that are currently in your project.
To add an InstallShield prerequisite, merge module, or object to a Basic MSI, InstallScript MSI, or Web project:
If you are working with a Basic MSI or Web project and you want to associate a prerequisite with a feature: In the Conditional Installation pane, select the check box for each feature that should contain this prerequisite. If you do not want to associate the prerequisite with a feature, leave the Install before feature selection check box selected. This check box is selected by default when you add an InstallShield prerequisite to a Basic MSI or Web project.
The right pane in the Redistributables view shows details about the merge module, object, or InstallShield prerequisite that is selected in the list of available redistributables. Review this details pane to find out information such as which files a redistributable installs. You can hide or show the details pane by clicking the Show Details or Hide Details link in the upper-right corner of this view.
If Needs to be downloaded is specified in the Location column for an InstallShield prerequisite that you added to your project, that InstallShield prerequisite is not installed on your computer. You can Setup.exe or copied from the source media (instead of being downloaded from the Web to the end users computer), one or more build errors may be generated. To eliminate the build errors, from your project, download it to your computer, or for the release to the download option; then rebuild the release.to your computer if you would like to include it in your project. If you build a release without first downloading one or more required InstallShield prerequisites, and if you specify that the InstallShield prerequisites should be extracted from
Note that some of the InstallShield prerequisites and objects are not installed with InstallShield. You may need to download them. For more information, see.
Also note that if you have an installation (for example, a Setup.exe file or an .msi package) that you want to launch during your installation, you can create your own custom InstallShield prerequisite, and then add that InstallShield prerequisite to your Basic MSI, ClickOnce, InstallScript MSI, and Web projects as needed. To learn how to create your own InstallShield prerequisite, see .
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