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Tool Description
Advanced Installer User response: "Advanced Installer For Java is a Windows Installer authoring tool with built-in support for Java applications, integrating them fully into the Windows OS and making them look and feel just like a native application. Advanced Installer for Java runs on Windows 2000/XP, and the install packages it creates run on all Microsoft Windows 9x/ME/NT/2k/XP operating systems. Using the standard Windows Installer technology, Advanced Installer For Java is able to provide the best Windows integration for your Java applications. It ensures the smallest possible footprint by producing zero-overhead install packages which contain only native Windows Installer data with no additional runtime requirements. Advanced Installer also provides a native launcher for your Java applications. Through this launcher your users will see and use your Java programs just like regular Windows native executables. The native launcher provides a fast and friendly start up process for your Java applications. Advanced Installer For Java is built on standard, open formats. The project files are saved as XML files for easy integration with source control systems. Advanced Installer is FREE for the simplest, most common usages. If additional capabilities are needed, they are available at some of the lowest prices in the industry."
App Deploy This website lists TONS of commercial application deployment programs. Click on "Downloads" (left side of screen) when you get there to see a list of installers, many of which are free, that you can grab directly from this site.
Freeman Installer Create high quality installation packages for your software for distribution. Freeman Installer is free. The author's site is down, but you can still find the installer on winsite.
Inno Setup From the site: Inno Setup is a free installer for Windows programs. First introduced in 1997, Inno Setup today rivals and even surpasses many commercial installers in feature set and stability.
Install Creator The freeware version puts an advertisement for the creators in the installation, a reasonable trade-off for an easy to use installer.
MakeMSI From the site: "Make MSI based installation files. Can automatically build new or update existing MSI files or other Windows Installer databases file types. Has guid generator plus many other tools."
NSIS NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) is an open-source installer that looks sharp and, once you get used to how the scripts work, is easy to use. Of all the free installers, this may be the best.
WiX Windows Installer XML "is a toolset that builds Windows installation packages from XML source code. The toolset supports a command line environment that developers may integrate into their build processes to build MSI and MSM setup packages."

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