Install a pfx certificate in a users store in Windows using WiX

Please, can someone provide me with a WiX snippet or solution for the mentioned scenario. I need to include the pfx file in the WiX msi and the user will download my msi to his machine via the internet explorer and Click install and I need also the certificate to be installed on his machine.

Answer

You need the Certificate element. It is part of the IIS extension for wix, but can be used for non-IIS related installations also.

You need to

  1. declare a prefix for the iis namespace, for
    example like this in the root Wix element:

    <Wix xmlns='http://schemas.microsoft.com/wix/2006/wi'
       xmlns:iis='http://schemas.microsoft.com/wix/IIsExtension'>
    
  2. Embed the PFX file as a binary
    stream in your install package. Add
    a Binary element under the
    product element like this:

    <Binary Id="MyCertificateBinaryStream" 
       SourceFile="c:/path/to/mycertificate.pfx" />
    
  3. Declare a component with a <iis:Certificate> element, for
    example like this. Look at the
    documentation, you need to fill in some
    more attributes. Note that you don’t need CertficatePath if you use the BinaryKey attribute.

    <Component Id="MyCertificateComponent" Guid="MY-GUID-HERE">
       <iis:Certificate Id="MyCertificate"
          BinaryKey="MyCertificateBinaryStream"
          ... some more attributes ...                  
       />
    </Component>
    
  4. Activate the IIS extension by adding
    the option -ext WixIISExtension
    option when invoking the wix command line tools. If you use visual studio, this is just a matter of adding a reference in your wix project to WixIISExtension.

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Source : Link , Question Author : abmv , Answer Author : Wim Coenen

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