sql server ce – How do I include SQL CE using WiX installer? – Education Career Blog

So I’m trying to build an installer in Wix 3.5.

My app need SQL CE 3.5 to run. It looks like MS’s installer has an easy way to include this, but I’m not sure what I need to do in WiX.


SQL CE supports an MSI or Private deployment model. If you opt for the MSI model so Windows Update can service it, you’ll need a bootstrapper / chainer which is something WiX doesn’t have yet. If you go for the deployment model you can just deploy the 7 sql ce files privately so your application can find them. Note if there’s any future security fixes and what not you’ll have to service them by deploying a new patch or installer for your application.

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