Microsoft Windows Installer is basically an application programming interface and software component of Microsoft Windows utilized for the installation, removal, and maintenance of computer software. It is similar to a CD-ROM or a DVD-ROM in concept, but the only difference is that it is installed directly to your computer's hard drive. You can install Windows by using a Windows Installer. This software is mostly used in home computers running Microsoft Windows operating system as a variant of Microsoft certified product. As compared to other software products such as Apple Macintosh and Linux, which come with their own package of applications, Microsoft Windows Installer comes as a part of the Microsoft Windows operating system and you need to install it as a part of your computer system.
Microsoft Windows Installer comes in different types such as complete, simplified, and free Microsoft Windows Installer, all of which have various features and functionalities that are specific to Microsoft Windows Operating Systems. The more feature packed in Microsoft Windows Installer, the more expensive it becomes. Microsoft provides the windows installer as freeware to provide support and improve the performance of Microsoft Windows operating systems on personal computers running Microsoft Windows. Microsoft provides a free download of Microsoft Windows Installer, which includes the full version of windows installer along with the complete documentation on how to use it. Microsoft Windows Installer provides various add on tools and features that help in the management of Microsoft Windows. The most important features in Microsoft Windows Installer are unattended setup file, unattended installation of Microsoft Windows, unattended start up management, creation of shared component file, create a local area network, start menu shortcuts, manage extension associations and many more.
If you are using Microsoft Windows Installer to install your Microsoft Windows operating system, you will find it easier to perform the task as well as faster. For example, when you uninstall Microsoft Windows Installer software, you can remove all installed files and programs from your computer system without any hassle. However, if you wish to remove some particular program or file using Microsoft Windows installation wizard, then it will not be possible to uninstall a particular program or file using the Microsoft Windows Installer software alone.