InstallShield 2020 Express Edition Help Library

InstallShield 2020 Express Edition

For quick and easy installations that support today’s technologies, InstallShield is the industry standard. InstallShield enables you to build reliable installations in record time, and avoid installation-related application errors by keeping current with support for the latest technology.

The InstallShield Help Library contains information about the functionality and features of InstallShield. The Help Library contains the following sections:

Help Library Sections



What’s New in InstallShield 2020 Express Edition

Informs you about the new features and enhancements in InstallShield 2020 Express Edition.

What Was New in Earlier Versions of InstallShield Express Edition

Informs you about changes that were made in earlier versions of InstallShield.

Target System Requirements

Lists the requirements for target systems.

Launching InstallShield with vs. Without Administrative Privileges

Alerts you to functionality that is not available if you are running InstallShield without administrative privileges; also describes a potential problem that may occur if you switch between full Administrator and non-Administrator contexts and you use mapped-drive locations in your projects.

Developing and Building Installations on 32-Bit vs. 64-Bit Systems

Alerts you to differences that you may notice if you use InstallShield on some 32-bit systems compared to some 64-bit systems.

Using Help

Provides information about the InstallShield documentation.

Getting Started

Contains information to help you become familiar with InstallShield, begin creating an installation project, and customize the InstallShield user interface.

Creating Installations

Explains how to create user-friendly, reliable installations and guides you through every step of the process—from specifying information for Add or Remove Programs to building, testing, and deploying an installation.

Updating Applications

Leads you through steps for planning and implementing the various types of upgrades and patches for updating a product. Also explains how you can use FlexNet Connect to notify end users about upgrades and patches that are available.

Additional Installation Options

Discusses a broad range of options available in InstallShield: including the Windows Installer service with an installation, specifying target system requirements for an application, and more.

Integrating InstallShield with External Applications

Contains details about integrating InstallShield with third-party tools such as Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS).


Contains comprehensive reference information for the InstallShield user interface; errors and warnings that might occur when you create, build, or run your installation, and sample end-user dialogs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Directs you to help topics that answer many commonly asked questions about InstallShield and project creation.

Note:Because the InstallShield Help Library is designed to interact with InstallShield, it is recommended that you open the help from within InstallShield. Copying the help files to another folder or system causes many of its features to work incorrectly.

For answers to many commonly asked questions and new information about InstallShield that do not appear in the documentation, visit the Knowledge Base.