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Complete VS2008/VS2010-Setup-Project with Add-In for Feature/SelectionTree

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The Add-In complements VS 2008 around a new dialog Selection Feature to manage features.
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The Add-In complements the VS 2008 around a new dialog Selection Feature for the management of Feature. The add-in checks the installer project whether a Selection Feature dialog exists. If the dialog exists, it changes the MSI-file as well as it is put in the Dialog-Property. The result becomes the Output-window. The new dialog SelectionFeature(VsdSelectionTreeDlg.wid) uses the functionality of the Installer-Control SelectionTree. The dialog becomes sketched for neutral, US-English and German, one more copy must be adapted with Orca for other languages. In addition, the language must be adapted in the table ModuleSignature in the field Language (e.g., 1031 for German and in 1033 for English). Dialogs are in the directory C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\Tools\Deployment\VsdDialogs\0, ..1031, ..1033....


The functionality to select Components in the set-up project is offered only by professional Installer editors, not by VS 2008.

Using the Dialog

Install the SelectionTree with the MSI-file. It installs three files VsdSelectionTreDlg_0.wid, VsdSelectionTreDlg_1031.wid, and VsdSelectionTreDlg_1033.wid, as VsdSelectionTreDlg.wid, in the above mentioned directories. It also installs the AddIn.

In the set-up project, select the new dialog Selection Feature and then determine the parameters functionality.

The SelectionTree

Add single files to the project or summarise before several files into Mergemodule and insert this. All together, 9 features can be inserted. Then insert the name of the file in the SelectionTree in field Files if it is a single file.


Or insert the Guid-part of the ModuleSignature from the Mergemodule if you input Mergemodule. Give the number the used feature and suitable parameter. Fill the Title, Description and Directory. See also....


Select the Level.


Select the Parent.


Select the Display.

Points of Interest

For output, the Message in the Output-Window is used PropertyChangedEventArgs:

#region PropertyChanged
    // INotifyPropertyChanged - Event treatment
    public event PropertyChangedEventHandler PropertyChanged;
    private void NotyPropertyChanged(string info)
        if (PropertyChanged != null)
            PropertyChanged(this, new PropertyChangedEventArgs(info));

#region Info

    // Help variables for announcements
    OutputWindowPane owP = null;
    private string ErrorText = "{0} **** {1}";
    private ResourceManager rm = new ResourceManager
	("InsertFeature.InsertFeature", Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly());
    /// Gives by every change with Debug. Print the contents from
    private string _LastErrorText = null;
    public string LastErrorText
       get { return _LastErrorText;}
           _LastErrorText = value;
           owP.OutputString(_LastErrorText + "\n");

LastErrorText = string.Format
		(ErrorText, "ERROR", rm.GetString("LastErrorText001", culture));

What is New?

Now the surface is English and German. It can be translated by own String resources to your culture. Please send me your translations from InsertFeature.xx-XX.resx and VsdSelectionTreeDlg.wid.


  • 08/20/2009 - First initial release
  • 08/25/2009 - New dialog for neutral (English) and in US-English added
  • 08/26/2009 - Error by Install SelectionTree removed
  • 03/05/2010 - Surface and messages English and to furnish with the option other languages. Please insert new or, etc.
  • 10/28/2010 – New setup for VS2008 and VS2010
  • 11/12/2010 - Added source for VS2010
  • 03/28/2011 - Updated download setup VS2010


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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Klaus Ruttkowski
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Comments and Discussions

GeneralRe: VS 2010 compatibility. Pin
klim_c30-Aug-10 16:36
Memberklim_c30-Aug-10 16:36 
Hi Klaus. First of all thank you for the quick response. I appreciate it very much.
Would you mind if I "torture" you with some more questions please? Smile | :)

I copied VsdSelectionTreeDlg.wid to 3 locations:

- C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\Tools\Deployment\VsdDialogs\1031
- C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\Tools\Deployment\VsdDialogs\1033
- C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\Tools\Deployment\VsdDialogs\0

And the magic happend, - I was able to add "Selecton Feature" dialog to my installer flow in View->User Interface.
But the problem is, that I couldn't change "Feature Select" look, or add any features by changing dialog's properties.
Am I missing something? Could you please take a glance at the screenshot here[^]

Just click on the image to enlarge it.

AnswerRe: VS 2010 compatibility. Pin
Klaus Ruttkowski30-Aug-10 21:28
MemberKlaus Ruttkowski30-Aug-10 21:28 
GeneralRe: VS 2010 compatibility. Pin
klim_c31-Aug-10 8:27
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GeneralRe: VS 2010 compatibility. Pin
Klaus Ruttkowski31-Aug-10 21:36
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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
kobymeir26-Feb-10 23:50
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AnswerRe: My vote of 1 Pin
Klaus Ruttkowski6-Mar-10 3:33
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QuestionBuild the TestInstallFeature failed Pin
doan038323-Nov-09 2:08
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AnswerRe: Build the TestInstallFeature failed Pin
Klaus Ruttkowski23-Nov-09 21:58
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GeneralEmpty tree Pin
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GeneralRe: Empty tree Pin
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GeneralVery Nice, But ... Pin
eran202121-Aug-09 18:37
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GeneralRe: Very Nice, But ... Pin
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GeneralRe: Very Nice, But ... Pin
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GeneralRe: Very Nice, But ... Pin
Klaus Ruttkowski25-Aug-09 5:24
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GeneralRe: Very Nice, But ... Pin
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GeneralGREAT!!! Pin
Samir NIGAM21-Aug-09 4:41
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GeneralRe: GREAT!!! Pin
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GeneralGood work Pin
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