Do you want to distribute your newly created app to the masses? But to distribute it, you will need to create a simple installer first. Many commercial installer builders are available, but before you pay for them, here is a quick tip for you, “Do NOT pay for something that is available for FREE”.
Note: Here at AddictiveTips, we are high advocates of using free software. Our computers are filled with 95% freeware apps and we are loving them.
Inno Setup is free installer builder for Windows that can quickly create a setup file. According to the developer, it rivals and even surpasses many commercial installers in feature set and stability. It can create a single EXE file, for easier distribution over the Internet. Apart from it’s basic functionalities, it supports disk spanning, can create Start Menu icons, INI entries, and registry entries, integrates file compression, and much more.
Here are some key features of this app.
- Extensive support for installation of 64-bit applications on the 64-bit editions of Windows. Both the x64 and Itanium architectures are supported. (On the Itanium architecture, Service Pack 1 or later is required on Windows Server 2003 to install in 64-bit mode.)
- Supports creation of a single EXE to install your program for easy online distribution. Disk spanning is also supported.
- Standard Windows 2000/XP-style wizard interface.
- Customizable setup types, e.g. Full, Minimal, Custom.
- Complete uninstall capabilities.
- Installation of files:
Includes integrated support for "deflate", bzip2, and 7-Zip LZMA file compression. The installer has the ability to compare file version info, replace in-use files, use shared file counting, register DLL/OCX’s and type libraries, and install fonts.
- Creation of shortcuts anywhere, including in the Start Menu and on the desktop.
- Creation of registry and .INI entries.
- Integrated Pascal scripting engine.
- Support for multilingual installs.
- Support for passworded and encrypted installs.
It supports all versions of Windows: Vista, XP, 2008, 2003, 2000, Me, 98, 95, and NT 4.0. (No service packs are required). Enjoy!