If you are relatively new to InstallShield, you may wonder how you can add a splash screen to your installation. It’s actually very easy. In a Basic MSI, InstallScript MSI, or InstallScript project, just go to the Behavior and Logic section of the IDE, Support Files view.
There are three sections in the Support Files view. Support Files, Splash Screen, and Advanced Files. Each of these three areas has a Language Independent folder, and at least one language-specific folder. In English-speaking counties, the language-specific folder will be English.
The Support Files view holds files that you want to make available only during the installation process. Support Files are copied to a temporary folder on the target system, and they are deleted when the installation is complete. If you have languages-specific versions of the Support Files, you put them in the folder specific to that language.
The Splash Screen view is where you can place the Splash Screen which will be displayed at the beginning of your installation. The default image file type is BMP. Through experience, I have noticed that the bitmap needs to be a maximum of 256 colors. Actually, if you can get by with 16 colors, all the better. InstallShield sometimes has problems displaying splash screens with lots of colors.
The Advanced files section has a Disk 1 folder. This folder is where you put files that will be used by the installation, but not copied to the target system, even during installation. The Disk 1 folder is a good place to put the autorun.inf file and the icon file it references.
InstallScript 2010 projects have one more view available, the Billboards view. Billboards are images files or Flash files that will be displayed while the installation is taking place.
That’s a quick tour of the Support Files view and how to add a Splash Screen to your installation.