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Actual Installer Help \ Software Prerequisites


On the General \ Prerequisites page you can specify prerequisites for your application that must be installed on client machine.

If the required prerequisite is not installed, the setup program will prompt to install it.
The download links can be viewed or changed on the Prerequisite Links tab of the "Options..." dialog (menu "View \ Options..."). You can specify an URL (web page, where user can download it) or a File (will be included in your setup program).

Actual Installer has the following predefined software prerequisites:

  • .NET Framework
  • Internet Explorer
  • Adobe Reader
  • Java (JRE)
  • SQL Server Compact
  • SQL Server Express
  • Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime
  • Just select a required prerequisite and it's minimum version that user must have installed on the computer to properly run your application.

    Actual Installer also allows you to add custom software prerequisites. Just click the "Add" button in the "Additional Prerequisites" section.

    Name - The name of the prerequisite.
    Command - A command that will be executed to install the prerequisite. Can be a setup file or a download link
    OS - Specifies the bitness of Windows under which the presence of the prerequisite will be checked - Any, 32-bit, or 64-bit
    Condition - Search criteria for the prerequisite
    The presence of the prerequisite is obtained on the presence of a file, folder, registry key, etc.. If result is false, then setup will pop up a warning message saying the prerequisite is not installed.
    Value 1 - First value of Search Criteria
    Value 2 - Second value of Search Criteria. Only for the following Conditions: "Registry Value contents", "Registry Value doesn't content", "Registry Value greater or equal", "Registry Value less or equal", "File Version greater or equal", "File Version less or equal", "Variable greater or equal", "Variable less or equal"

    Here you can find settings for common software prerequisites:

    Crystal Reports
    Flash Player
    QuickTime Player
    Java JDK
    Microsoft Office

    Crystal Reports

    How to include Crystal Reports


    To get DirectX version, it is recommended to check version number of the following file: %windir%\System32\dxdiag.exe
    DirectX 10 has version number 6.00.6000.16386
    DirectX 11 - 6.01.7600.16385
    DirectX 11.1 - 6.02.9200.16384
    DirectX 11.2 - 6.03.9600.16384
    DirectX 12 - 10.00.10240.16384

    Name: 		DirectX 12
    OS: 	Any
    Condition: 	File Version greater or equal
    Value 1: 	<SystemDir>\dxdiag.exe
    Value 2: 	10.00.10240.16384

    Flash Player

    Name: Flash Player
    OS: All
    Condition: Folder exists
    Value 1: <SystemDir>\Macromed\Flash

    QuickTime Player

    Name: QuickTime Player
    Platform: All
    Condition: Folder exists
    Value 1: <ProgramFiles>\QuickTime

    Java JDK

    Name: Java JDK
    Platform: All
    Condition: Folder exists
    Value 1: <ProgramFiles>\Java\jdk1.6.0_33

    Microsoft Office

    To get Microsoft Office version, we read version number of the "Winword.exe" file.

    For Office 2016, the version number of "Winword.exe" file is 16.x.x.x

    First, we need to read a path to winword.exe file to a variable. Go to System \ Variables and add the following:

    Variable: 	<WinWordPath>
    Bitness: 	Default
    Registry Key: 	HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\Winword.exe
    Value Name: 	
    Value Type: 	REG_SZ
    Default Value: 	

    Now the variable <WinWordPath> contains a full path to winword.exe file.

    Then go to General \ Prerequisites \ Additional Prerequisites and add the following:

    Name: Microsoft Office 2016
    OS: Any
    Condition: File Version Greater or Equal
    Value 1: <WinWordPath>
    Value 2: 16.0

    Here is a list of Microsoft Office versions and corresponding version numbers of winword.exe file:

    Office XP		10.0
    Office 2003		11.0
    Office 2007		12.0
    Office 2010		14.0
    Office 2013		15.0
    Office 2016		16.0
    Office 2019		17.0

    How to determine the location of WinWord.exe using Actual Installer?