2017-03-30

WiX Splash Screen Not Showing

I am working with WiX 3.11, the Windows Installer Toolkit. I was having a problem with the splash screen not showing when specified in the SplashScreenSourceFile attribute. The WiX log file recorded "Error 0x80070057: Failed to load splash screen bitmap." I eventually found this post that says that the version of the bitmap matters. Gimp and other programs output the wrong version for WiX. This is probably a bug in WiX. I opened the bitmap in Microsoft Paint and saved it again. After doing that, the splash screen started showing.

Note that the WiX splash screen must be a bitmap, not a png, jpg, or any other file format.

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