MsiProvideAssemblyW function

The MsiProvideAssembly function returns the full path to a Windows Installer component that contains an assembly. The function prompts for a source and performs any necessary installation. MsiProvideAssembly increments the usage count for the feature.

Syntax

UINT MsiProvideAssemblyW(
  LPCWSTR szAssemblyName,
  LPCWSTR szAppContext,
  DWORD   dwInstallMode,
  DWORD   dwAssemblyInfo,
  LPWSTR  lpPathBuf,
  LPDWORD pcchPathBuf
);

Parameters

szAssemblyName

The assembly name as a string.

szAppContext

Set to null for global assemblies. For private assemblies, set szAppContext to the full path of the application configuration file or to the full path of the executable file of the application to which the assembly has been made private.

dwInstallMode

Defines the installation mode. This parameter can be one of the following values.

Value Meaning
INSTALLMODE_DEFAULT
Provide the component and perform any installation necessary to provide the component. If the key file of a component in the requested feature, or a feature parent, is missing, reinstall the feature using MsiReinstallFeature with the following flag bits set: REINSTALLMODE_FILEMISSING, REINSTALLMODE_FILEOLDERVERSION, REINSTALLMODE_FILEVERIFY, REINSTALLMODE_MACHINEDATA, REINSTALLMODE_USERDATA and REINSTALLMODE_SHORTCUT.
INSTALLMODE_EXISTING
Provide the component only if the feature exists. Otherwise return ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND.

This mode verifies that the key file of the component exists.

INSTALLMODE_NODETECTION
Provide the component only if the feature exists. Otherwise return ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND.

This mode only checks that the component is registered and does not verify that the key file of the component exists.

INSTALLMODE_NOSOURCERESOLUTION
Provide the component only if the feature's installation state is INSTALLSTATE_LOCAL. If the feature installation state is INSTALLSTATE_SOURCE, return ERROR_INSTALL_SOURCE_ABSENT. Otherwise return ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND. This mode only checks that the component is registered and does not verify that the key file exists.
INSTALLMODE_NODETECTION_ANY
Provide the component if a feature exists from any installed product. Otherwise return ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND. This mode only checks that the component is registered and does not verify that the key file of the component exists. This flag is similar to the INSTALLMODE_NODETECTION flag except that with this flag we check for any product that has installed the assembly as opposed to the last product as is the case with the INSTALLMODE_NODETECTION flag. This flag can only be used with MsiProvideAssembly.
combination of the REINSTALLMODE flags
Call MsiReinstallFeature to reinstall feature using this parameter for the dwReinstallMode parameter, and then provide the component.

dwAssemblyInfo

Assembly information and assembly type. Set to one of the following values.

Value Meaning
MSIASSEMBLYINFO_NETASSEMBLY
0
.NET Assembly
MSIASSEMBLYINFO_WIN32ASSEMBLY
1
Win32 Assembly

lpPathBuf

Pointer to a variable that receives the path to the component. This parameter can be null.

pcchPathBuf

Pointer to a variable that specifies the size, in characters, of the buffer pointed to by the lpPathBuf parameter. On input, this is the full size of the buffer, including a space for a terminating null character. If the buffer passed in is too small, the count returned does not include the terminating null character.

If lpPathBuf is null, pcchPathBuf can be null.

Return value

Value Meaning
ERROR_BAD_CONFIGURATION
The configuration data is corrupt.
ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND
The feature is absent or broken. This error is returned for dwInstallMode = INSTALLMODE_EXISTING.
ERROR_INSTALL_FAILURE
The installation failed.
ERROR_INSTALL_NOTUSED
The component being requested is disabled on the computer.
ERROR_INVALID_PARAMETER
An invalid parameter was passed to the function.
ERROR_SUCCESS
The function completed successfully.
ERROR_UNKNOWN_FEATURE
The feature ID does not identify a known feature.
ERROR_UNKNOWN_COMPONENT
The component ID does not specify a known component.
ERROR_UNKNOWN_PRODUCT
The product code does not identify a known product.
INSTALLSTATE_UNKNOWN
An unrecognized product or a feature name was passed to the function.
ERROR_MORE_DATA
The buffer overflow is returned.
ERROR_NOT_ENOUGH_MEMORY
The system does not have enough memory to complete the operation. Available with Windows Server 2003.
ERROR_INSTALL_SOURCE_ABSENT
Unable to detect a source.
 

For more information, see Displayed Error Messages.

Remarks

When the MsiProvideAssembly function succeeds, the pcchPathBuf parameter contains the length of the string in lpPathBuf.

The INSTALLMODE_EXISTING option cannot be used in combination with the REINSTALLMODE flag.

Features with components that contain a corrupted file or the wrong version of a file must be explicitly reinstalled by the user, or by having the application call MsiReinstallFeature.

Requirements

   
Minimum supported client Windows Installer 5.0 on Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7. Windows Installer 4.0 or Windows Installer 4.5 on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista. Windows Installer on Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP. See the Windows Installer Run-Time Requirements for information about the minimum Windows service pack that is required by a Windows Installer version.
Target Platform Windows
Header msi.h
Library Msi.lib
DLL Msi.dll

See also

Component-Specific Functions

Multiple-Package Installations