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With a substantial percentage of vendor software now being supplied in MSI format, simple customisation of the MSI can be carried out using the ORCA editor to generate a transform file. ORCA does not insert additional tables, so the risk of any unwanted ...
Article by EdT | 19 Mar 2012 | 5 comments
Windows 7 introduces Windows Installer version 5.0. One of the important differences to earlier versions of windows installer, is that the entire MSI is cached, including internal CAB files, but excluding any external files, whether in a CAB or ...
Article by EdT | 14 Mar 2012 | 2 comments
Those of you who use Active Setup to call an msiexec repair  (typically msiexec.exe /fu {product code} /qn )  may have encountered system errors when active setup runs, due to another msiexec install already being under way.  The Active Setup process is ...
Article by EdT | 22 Feb 2012 | 3 comments
Wisescript and SMS Installer were both mainstream packaging tools prior to the MSI age, and Wisescript continues to be used for authoring custom actions in Wise Package Studio, and as a standalone 32 bit installer. However, Wisescript can also be used to ...
Article by EdT | 21 Feb 2012 | 2 comments
Although the structure of windows installer GUIDs is well documented, both for the standard and the packed formats, the information available for Darwin Descriptors is somewhat limited.  This article is the result of many hours of experimentation and ...
Article by EdT | 17 Feb 2012 | 3 comments
I need a solution Can anyone confirm whether multiple Oracle homes on a machine need to be kept consecutively ordered, or can you have gaps in the numbering? I have found anecdotal ...
Forum Discussion by EdT | 12 Dec 2011 | 2 comments
Wisescript and SMS Installer were both mainstream packaging tools prior to the MSI age, and Wisescript continues to be used for authoring custom actions in Wise Package Studio, and as a standalone 32 bit installer. However, Wisescript can also be used to ...
Article by EdT | 01 Jul 2011 | 2 comments
The code developed for this article is based on a Microsoft technote which can be found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/kbarticle.aspx?id=318785 It is not uncommon for an MSI installation to require a specific version of a .NET framework ...
Article by EdT | 09 May 2011 | 0 comments
The code developed for this article is based on a Microsoft technote which can be found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/kbarticle.aspx?id=318785 The VB Script code that follows was designed to be used as a custom action in an MSI ...
Article by EdT | 05 May 2011 | 1 comment
Windows Installer running on Windows XP, will create a Restore Point during both an installation and a removal of an MSI application, as long as there is a basic or higher UI level selected. (for example: /qb) Where installs are totally silent ( /qn ...
Article by EdT | 10 Dec 2010 | 0 comments