View Full Version : How can InstallShield check if SQL Server 2005 (3.1) Compact Edition is installed?

10-20-2010, 08:11 AM
I am developing a Windows desktop application which requires the SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition (SQLServerCE31-EN.msi) to be installed. I am using InstallShield 2011 to install this as a pre-requisite during the installation process.

In order to come up with the pre-requisite definition I used Process Monitor to see that these registry locations are checked when SQLServerCE31-EN.msi is run manually (not via the installer):

32-bit: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server Compact Edition\v3.1
64-bit: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server Compact Edition\v3.1

Most of the time, this check seems to work and InstallShield skips the pre-requisite if it's already detected as installed. However one some machines (Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit with SQL Server Compact Edition 3.5 already installed) the key doesn't exist, even though Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition [ENU] is listed under Programs and Features.

There's a registry key at both of the following locations (on a 64-bit machine) which could be used to check that SQL Server Compact Edition 3.5 is installed, but nothing to show if 3.1 is installed.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server Compact Edition\v3.5
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server Compact Edition\v3.5

I am fairly certain that it is possible to have both versions installed and it's not that 3.5 upgrades 3.1, even though it is obviously a newer version.

How can I check to see if SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition is installed?

This is the .prq file we are currently using:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<condition Type="1" Comparison="2" Path="HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server Compact Edition\v3.1" FileName="" ReturnValue="" Bits="2"></condition>
<file LocalFile="&lt;ISProjectFolder&gt;\..\InstallShieldPreRequisites\Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition\SQLServerCE31-EN.msi" URL="http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/5/4/f54529c6-e316-4637-a211-95818fcd4451/SQLServerCE31-EN.msi" CheckSum="54854BAC91E616BF8F71184C05AD0355" FileSize="0,1819136"></file>
<execute file="SQLServerCE31-EN.msi" cmdline="/passive /norestart" cmdlinesilent="/passive /norestart" requiresmsiengine="1"></execute>
<properties Id="{51BB3FEE-3851-4ECC-909A-C9D8EAF83254}" Description="This prerequisite installs Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition"></properties>
</SetupPrereq>Can the prerequisite file above be improved?

10-21-2010, 04:35 AM
There are some suggestions on the Microsoft Forums:


02-19-2013, 06:21 AM
Check here


There is CE edition version number