We explain what Msix files are and what they are, a new format that will allow you to optimize and make the process of installing files on your Windows device easier and cleaner.
Surely the names MSI, EXE and AppX sound to you, since they are the three types of installer that Windows has . Now, a new alternative for them recently introduced by Microsoft has emerged : it is about MSIX files and a series of precautions should be taken into account around them.
For example, the installers of MSI are suitable for simple installations and by default , they lack extras, they can overwrite any file in the installation path. On the other hand, EXE installers are more versatile -including options for languages, add-ons or the possibility of detecting previous installations-, they allow to install custom routes and select specific components to install. However, silent installations are more complicated.
Finally, Appx sn simple and direct, are used for Windows universal apps and share some of the benefits of MSI installers. The update path is simpler than with the EXE and its containers are isolated from the rest of the operating system for security, which makes it a cleaner and more efficient installer.
MSIX brings you all the benefits of the MSI and AppX installers
A MSIX file has the benefits of AppX as it is similar to an MSI file. It is a direct installer recently launched by Microsoft that allows system administrators can even create scripts for an automatic installation. It uses, like the AppX, container technology, which greatly facilitates uninstallations. It can be distributed outside the Microsoft Store and makes it easy to bring in old software and repackage it for MSIX.
One of its main advantages is that MSIX allows you to uninstall programs more cleanly, promoting order. With this installer all the programs and files remain inside a container, so when you uninstall it, they go with it. Another of its incentives is that Microsoft launched an SDK to improve cross-platform compatibility. As shown on GitHub, there is support for iOS, MacOS, Android, Linux and even earlier versions of Windows. The developers are in charge of putting special instructions in the MSIX files so that they can identify the operating system and the steps to follow.
Of course, being an installer you must follow some basic security recommendations, such as distrusting any suspicious source and making sure that the file to be installed is safe before downloading. Microsoft is finalizing its capabilities and within a short time, you could be using the MSIX files. Developers can choose this option or continue to create EXE and MSI installers if they prefer.
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