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How do you create an MSI from an .EXE?

11/27/2012 17992 views

I am trying to create an MSI file for Office 2010 and also software PMPAgent.exe. I have not been successful trying to create an MSI file. I need to know how to do it for any .exe file.

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If you wanna make Office 2010 into 1 MSI file then I think you would have to make a snapshot of the installation

There is a free tool here: https://www.kace.com/products/freetools/appdeploy-repackager/

But normally I would try to use the command switches to install it personally

Answered 11/28/2012 by: rmeyer
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first of all, DO NOT repackage the office 2010 installation. Use the /admin parameter on the setup.exe to create an MSP with customisations and modify the config.xml to get a silent install. There's plenty of info available online on how to do this.

In order to create an MSI from an exe installer, first make sure it's not already an MSI behind the scenes, then use a tool to create a snapshot and clean that up. You might want to read my blog on the topic here: http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/a-general-approach-to-software-packaging-starting-from-consistent-installer-analysis


Answered 11/28/2012 by: pjgeutjens
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>I think you would have to make a snapshot of the installation
...which is just about the worst suggestion it's possible to make, bearing in mind that the Office installation comprises MSIs to begin with!

Use the tools provided for Office to create an individualised package.

>I need to know how to do it for any .exe file.
You need to go on a packaging training course. One of the things you'll learn on that course is that some EXEs extract and execute MSIs and that capturing MSIs to create an MSI is right upo there on the list of Really Bad Ideas.

Answered 11/28/2012 by: anonymous_9363
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You may wrap exe installer into msi if you follow the steps from this video guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNU2uexZOqY
Answered 03/21/2017 by: pace-support
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Maybe try ZOLA MSI Repackager if the installation does not go beyond 2gb in size?
http://www.zolasoftware.com I think the price is affordable as well.

Answered 10/08/2014 by: abrjam900
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I think I forgot the link to their tools, but here it is http://www.zolasoftware.com


Answered 10/08/2014 by: abrjam900
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