WiX - Undefined preprocessor variable '$(var.SetupProject1.TargetDir)'

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I'm following this tutorial to create a WiX installer for a VS2017 Winform app. It's just a default Winform app (nothing fancy). But when I build the WiX project (SetupProject1 shown in figure 1 below), I get the following error at first <File id=.../> tag of ProductComponent.wxs (shown below).

Question: What I may be missing here?

Note: I'm using this Wix Toolset Visual Studio 2017 Extension


Undefined preprocessor variable '$(var.SetupProject1.TargetDir)'

VS2017 Solution Explorer:

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Wix xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/wix/2006/wi">
    <Product Id="89ae9543-fdf1-444b-9678-811483fd58bd" Name="SetupProject1" Language="1033" Version="" Manufacturer="WiX_test_4_Winfrm" UpgradeCode="e69fe67b-5c28-4764-8196-a6613b840eff">
        <Package InstallerVersion="200" Compressed="yes" InstallScope="perMachine" />

    <UIRef Id="WixUI_Mondo" />
    <Property Id="WIXUI_INSTALLDIR" Value="INSTALLFOLDER"></Property>

        <MajorUpgrade DowngradeErrorMessage="A newer version of [ProductName] is already installed." />
        <MediaTemplate EmbedCab="yes" />

        <Feature Id="ProductFeature" Title="SetupProject1" Level="1">
            <ComponentGroupRef Id="ProductComponents" />

        <Directory Id="TARGETDIR" Name="SourceDir">
            <Directory Id="ProgramFilesFolder">
                <Directory Id="INSTALLFOLDER" Name="SetupProject1" />

        <ComponentGroup Id="ProductComponents" Directory="INSTALLFOLDER">
            <!-- TODO: Remove the comments around this Component element and the ComponentRef below in order to add resources to this installer. -->
             <Component Id="CMP_SetupProject1">
         <File Source="$(var.WIX_WinfrmTest.TargetPath)" />


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Wix xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/wix/2006/wi">
        <DirectoryRef Id="INSTALLFOLDER" />
        <ComponentGroup Id="ProductComponents">
            <Component Id="cmp2C5CB3BF0E009CA9CF5E03CADA38250D" Directory="INSTALLFOLDER" Guid="{C694E446-7B01-42C0-9056-4E09834809E9}">
                <File Id="fil3A244EF6571347120C494BB170DC368E" KeyPath="yes" Source="$(var.SetupProject1.TargetDir)\cab1.cab" />
            <Component Id="cmpB6E89A2030E867C94B57A39FE26E1181" Directory="INSTALLFOLDER" Guid="{E8E1247F-627F-420D-97E0-0ABE39A2064C}">
                <File Id="fil41A028F0E06C7EEE038806BDA5979087" KeyPath="yes" Source="$(var.SetupProject1.TargetDir)\SetupProject1.msi" />
            <Component Id="cmpD2FFED031AA728C90BED6090228F3AE3" Directory="INSTALLFOLDER" Guid="{660414BB-E061-4EE2-A7E2-471EA41C031F}">
                <File Id="fil3F7C931DA08579E26A8F50778E59444A" KeyPath="yes" Source="$(var.SetupProject1.TargetDir)\SetupProject1.wixpdb" />
作者: nam 的来源 发布者: 2017 年 12 月 27 日

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Just remove your second file ProductComponent.wxs should be OK.

The external tool mentioned on that blog is a good idea, but that should only be run by activating your winform project not your current project (the wix project).

作者: smilinger 发布者: 2017 年 12 月 27 日