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Is MSIX a good fit for packaging windows drivers?

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Hi everyone,

 

I'm new to MSIX and I wanted to ask, I'm currently using InstallShield to package a number of windows drivers, when I looked at MSIX I only saw examples of packaging apps for the app store, so I wanted to ask:

1. Can MSIX package and install windows drivers as well?

2. Is there a way to import an ism (install shield project) to MSIX packaging tool?

3. What windows versions can run an MSIX installation? (WinvVista/7/8/8.1/2k8/2k8R2/2k12/2k12R2/2k16/2k19)

 

Thanks :)

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Best Response confirmed by John Vintzel (Microsoft)
Solution

Hi @gzaidman,

 

We don't support packaging drivers in the MSIX Packaging Tool, nor do we support importing ism projects. 

 

The MSIX Packaging Tool supports converting msi, app-v, scripts, and exe installers to MSIX. 

 

Here is our documentation on which builds of Windows supports MSIX. 

 

Best,

Sharla

Program Manager, MSIX

Hi Gzaidman,

 

While Sharla is correct that MSIX Packaging tool does not natively support ism projects, there may be a workaround!

 

The packaging tool supports PowerShell scripts.  If you write a simple PowerShell script to invoke your ism based installer, you may be able to use the packaging tool to convert your ism application to MSIX.

 

Please give it a try and let us know if you run into any problems.

Additionally, approximately how many of your target conversion apps use ism based installers?

 

Thanks!

James