Software Deployment Question

How to find out which installer an application uses to install the application ie. InstallShield?

03/11/2014 12053 views


       I'm just starting out in package building for Windows. I have a couple of apps that use InstallShield for the installer and I can create a .iss file for silent installs or for customizing the installs. I was wondering how to find the installers that other applications use by just having the executable. I don't really want to use a third party tool to repackage right now. I want to be able to script most of the install. I would like to be able to install and uninstall.

Just looking for guidance or a good starting point?


Thank you,



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There maybe better ways but I use Universal Extractor. Even if it can't extract the files it will ID the program used to create the executable. Then I search for silent install parameters, etc.


Answered 03/13/2014 by: robtk
Senior Purple Belt

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I use EXE to MSI converter free, it ID's the installer type, and gives you the parameters as well!


Answered 03/14/2014 by: neldeaa
White Belt


"I want to be able to script most of the install"
Translation: "I'm happy to allow the possibility of vendors completely screwing up my estate's build."

You'd better be sure you know *EXACTLY* what the install is going to do to *every* flavour of workstation you have out there. My rule is, unless the EXE is just a container for an MSI, always re-package. *NO* exceptions!

I want to be able to script most of the install
I want to be able to script most of the install
Answered 03/16/2014 by: anonymous_9363
Red Belt


If you are using WPS you can use wise script to do this and create msi.

Answered 03/17/2014 by: Visalakshi
Orange Senior Belt

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