White Paper: Patch Sequencing in Windows Installer version 3.0

    This white paper describes the patch sequencing functionality in Microsoft® Windows Installer version 3.0.
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        This white paper describes the patch sequencing functionality in Microsoft® Windows Installer version 3.0. Beginning with the theory of patch sequencing in Windows Installer version 3.0 and finishing with specific sequencing sample techniques for controlling the lifetime of patches through supersedence relationships, this document identifies the concepts of patch migration and compatibility, advanced sequencing scenarios, and integration of sequencing with other features of the Windows Installer.

        This document is targeted at installation developers or Setup authors responsible for the design, creation, and management of Windows Installer patches (.msp files). Familiarity with the basic principles of the Windows Installer and Windows Installer patches is assumed. Sample patch metadata tables in this document may be authored by using the Orca tool in the software development kit for Windows Installer version 3.0. Other authoring tools may require different authoring steps or may provide access to a subset of the described functionality.
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      Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP

        It is suggested that you download the Windows XP Service Pack 2 Platform SDK from the link to the right.
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