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MSIX Performance

MSIX AppAttach and Performance

While we are all pretty excited about the upcoming MSIX AppAttach, it is still pretty new.  Now in preview for WVD, we can also use PowerShell scripting to try it out on local machines.  But is the performance as good as we have heard? Here is an early look at it.

Performance, in this case, is all about dynamic application …

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MSIX Packaging PSF Tools

PsfTooling 4.0

Today I am happy to announce that version 4 of PsfTooling is now available from the Microsoft Store.  A free tool, it is used in conjunction with the Microsoft MSIX Packaging tool to add and configure the Package Support Framework (PSF) during the repackaging process.

The changes in this new version include:

  • A revamped UI.  Instead of three wizards there
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MSIX Packaging PSF

What’s new in the PSF for July 2020

Hurray! Another Pull Request of mine has been accepted into the Package Support Framework Develop branch. This one, PR #150, adds another new registry fixup.

The Issue:

The MSIX runtime protects the registry assets of the package from deletion.  This can be a problem for applications that assume that they can remove registry keys and items.  In the …

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MSIX Packaging PSF

What’s new in the PSF for June 30, 2020

Oops, I did it again!  Another Pull Request of mine has been accepted into the Package Support Framework Develop branch.  This one is small, but makes debugging of launch issues with the PSF easier solves, and a couple of blocking issues affecting at least one app each.
  • Added a new config.json option for PsfLauncher.  Added a new config.json option
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MSIX Packaging

Blank folders in MSIX Packages

…or we could call it “The mystery of the empty MSIXPackagingToolGeneratedFile.txt file” to be catchy!

The packaging format used by UWP, MSIX, and App-V files is loosely structured around formats based on the PkZip format specification. This format mostly has file references, with the file headers providing information about the path that the file lives under. So folders …

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MSIX Packaging PSF Tools

PsfTooling 3.8

With the updates to the MSIX Package Support Framework for June 2020, described in https://www.tmurgent.com/TmBlog/?p=3095, I added a new type of fixup to the PSF, RegLegacyFixups.

Version 3.8 of PsfTooling is now available up in the Microsoft Store. This free tool is used alongside the Microsoft MSIX Packaging Tool to add and configure the PSF into your recaptured package.…

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MSIX Packaging PSF

What’s new in the PSF, June 2020

My latest submission has been integrated into the Develop branch to the Package Support Framework GitHub repository. PR#145 adds a new type of fixup, RegLegacyFixups, created for certain Registry issues seen in some packages. There are a couple of small fixes added to standard components as well (see the Pull Request for details on those), but the new …

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MSIX Packaging PSF

Solving DLL Not Found issues in MSIX

The new DynamicLibraryFixup component of the Package Support Framework simplifies the task of ensuring that processes in your package find dlls that are also in your package.

Background

Applications use a variety of techniques to ensure that the exe used to start a process can load the dll files they require. In general, the dll is loaded through a Windows …