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How to create App-V packages

How to create App-V packages

Creating App-V packages is a great way of delivering applications to end-users in Windows environment. App-V applications do not make changes directly to the Windows file system and/or Registry; they are contained in an application-specific “bubble”. Also, App-V applications are separated from each other, so mutually exclusive applications can co-exist on the same system. To try creating APP-V packages with PACE Suite, download a FREE trial.

MSI Generator, a part of PACE Suite, allows to add folders, files, registry entries and App-V apps, shortcuts and FTAs and then create App-V 5.0/5.1/5.2 (App-V for Windows 10) package. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it.

[1]. Launch MSI Generator from the desktop or the start menu shortcut.

[2]. If you have User Account Control enabled, click Yes in the opened window.

[3]. Click Create blank project.

create app-v from scratch

[4]. Enter a project name and click Create.

[5]. Once the newly created project is opened automatically, you can start adding the necessary resources using MSI Generator. The steps from [6] to [11] describe how to create a new folder, import files to this folder and change the default App-V virtualization level of a folder; the steps from [12] to [15] describe how to import registry entries from the REG file and change the default App-V virtualization level of a registry key; the steps from [16] to [21] describe how create a new App-V application, its shortcuts and associate file extensions with the application; and two last steps [22] and [23] describe how to build App-V package from the prepared project.

[6]. In order to create a folder and import files, go to the Files tab.

[7]. In the left pane, select New folder from the context menu of a folder, where you want to create a new empty folder. Note that the left ‘Files Included’ pane displays files and folders, which will be a part of your package, and the right ‘Files Excluded’ pane displays files and folders, which will not be saved to the package.

app-v folders

[8]. Enter a folder name and click Create.

[9]. For adding files to your project, select Import files from the context menu of a folder, to which you want to import files.

app-v files

[10]. Choose files, which you want to import to the project and click Open.

[11]. In order to change the default virtualization (isolation) level of a folder, open the folder context menu, and select either Override local folder or Merge with local folder option from the APPV virtualization level submenu. Note that if the App-V virtualization level submenu is disabled with the Override local folder option selected, it means that this option is inherited from the parent folder. Child folder could not have the Merge with local folder virtualization level, if parent one has the Override local folder virtualization level.

app-v virtualization level

[12]. In order to import registry entries from the REG file, go to the Registry tab and click the Import registry button, located in the bottom part of the window. Note that the left ‘Registry Included’ pane displays registry keys and values, which will be a part of your package, and the right ‘Registry Excluded’ pane displays registry keys and values, which will not be saved to the package.

[13]. Choose a REG file, which you want to import to the project, and click Open.

[14]. Click Ok to close the information dialog.

[15]. In order to change the default virtualization (isolation) level of a registry key, open the registry key context menu, and select either Override local key or Merge with local key option from the App-V virtualization level submenu. Note that if the App-V virtualization level submenu is disabled with the Override local key option selected, it means that this option is inherited from the parent registry key. A child registry key could not have the Merge with local key virtualization level, if the parent one has the Override local key virtualization level.

[16]. If you need to create an App-V application, its shortcuts and associate file extensions with this application, go to the Shortcuts and FTAs -> APPV apps and FTAs tab and click New application…

[17]. Select the main executable file (EXE) of your application from the tree and click Select.

[18]. To create a shortcut for the application, click New… in the Shortcuts section.

[19]. Enter a shortcut name, select a destination location (“Folder” field), icon and click Save.

app-v apps and ftas

[20]. To associate some file extension with your application, click New… in the File Type Association section.

[21]. Enter a file extension and click Save. Optinally you can modify other FTA settings according to your needs.

[22]. In order to build App-V package from your project, navigate to the Package -> APPV tab, update Application Details, select the necessary App-V Settings, App-V package format version, and then click Build APPV.

app-v settings

[23]. Click Go to…, located next to the Project folder field, to open the package containing folder in Windows Explorer.

That is all – you have successfully created an App-V package! Download a FREE trial now to start creating virtual packages with PACE Suite.