Actual Installer
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How to Create an Installer

Actual Installer Features

Create Installer Packages in Minutes

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Don't waste time on learning how to create a Windows installer package for you software! With Actual Installer this process becomes fantastic ease. Actual Installer offers you an easy-to-use interface that will quickly guide you through all the stages of creating an installer package. Simply go from one tab to another and specify the required values or textual content. Because the learning curve is minimal, it usually takes less than five minutes for a beginner to get started with the first installation project. No previous knowledge of installation technologies or scripting is required.

"Actual Installer is one of the handiest setup creators that one can find. It is simple to use and I recommend it with all my heart." - Margie Smeer from Software Informer.

Basic & Advanced Features

Actual Installer supports all basic installation features, such as copying files into any directories, creating shortcuts on Desktop and Start Menu, showing License Agreement and ReadMe files, modification of Registry and INI files, has complete uninstallation feature with support of Add/Remove Programs (Control Panel - Programs and Features) applet. Advanced features include registration of File Associations, Environment Variables, Fonts, COM (DLL In-Proc servers, Type Libraries), .Net Assemblies, and even ScreenSavers. What's more, Actual Installer supports many installer variables, customizable interface of setup programs, user information queries (e.g. user name, serial number), Uninstall feedback, creating patches/add-ons, and more.

Support for 64-bit Applications

Actual Installer can be used for installing both 32-bit and 64-bit applications on Windows. While installing a 64-bit application, the setup program uses the appropriate paths, such as C:\Program Files and C:\Windows\System32. More information about creating 64-bit installations is described here.

System Requirements

Actual Installer allows checking system information and informing the user if some requirements specified in the installation project are not met. You can specify such checks as Windows OS versions, administrator privileges, Internet connection, and Close Running Application.

Software Prerequisites

If your application requires some 3rd party software for correct working, you can specify them in Actual Installer as software prerequisites. You can specify: Microsoft .NET Framework, Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader, Java (JRE), SQL Server, Crystal Reports, or any other custom prerequisites. These software prerequisites can be included in the installer package or downloaded from specific links.

Standalone Installer and Web Installer

Actual Installer compiles an installation package as a single executable file / standalone installer (e.g. Setup.exe). Then, this file can be easily uploaded to your website and made available to visitors for downloading. Or, it can be distributed on CD/DVD and other media.
If your application is large, then Actual Installer can generate the small setup file and the large data file separately (Setup.exe + Actual Installer also supports creating Web Installer - a small setup file which downloads the remaining app's data during installation.

Multilanguage Installation

Actual Installer enables you to create a Windows installer package in any supported languages (12 available - Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Vietnamese). The Readme and License Agreement texts can also be specified for each language separately.

Custom Setup Interface

Actual Installer lets you to create good-looking installations. It has templates for Classic Wizard and Modern installation. You will be able to customize the setup icon, installation graphics, edit any text and error messages. The silent installation mode is also supported. In this mode no user interface will be shown. It's useful for unattended installation / uninstallation over large number of computers.

Custom Commands & Data Reading

For creating flexible installations, in Actual Installer project you can specify any custom commands to be executed on user's system. Conditions for commands are also supported, as well as showing custom messages. Commands can be executed before / after installation (and uninstallation). What's more, Actual Installer has a feature to read data from Windows Registry into variables.

Auto Updater

Actual Installer includes a very useful tool - Actual Updater. It allows the user to check for updates of your application and download new version, if available. Setting up is very simple and easy.

Support for latest Windows 10

Installer packages created with Actual Installer work fine on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 versions.

Award-winning & Reliable Installer

Actual Installer received a lot of awards and positive reviews from editors. For more than 10 years (initially released in 2004), Actual Installer has been used by software developers from all over the world. Our satisfied customers shared many testimonials:

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What Customers Say...
“I downloaded and trialed the Actual Installer. Indeed its really great to see easy usage to create Windows installers. Just one question...”
Bob S.
“Actual Installer has an easy to use installation GUI, produces a clean looking setup programs, easy Windows registry editing, striaght-forward shortcuts, and many constants. The greatest feature is the simple effective process of creating a Windows installer package. A great value for the features that come in it! I'm a satisfied customer!”
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To uninstall Actual Installer from your computer, go to Control Panel \ Programs and Features and double-click Actual Installer. Or use this uninstaller software.