Software Deployment Question

How to know which installer technology has created specified .exe file and the silent installation switches attached to that??

09/10/2014 5435 views
i want to know that if i have one .exe file or any .exe file.so how can i know that this exe is generated by which installer.
I also want to know the silent switches for installation attached with that specified .exe file.
plz help me ,

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  • @786_ak i am unable to read ur comment

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There is no single answer to this.  If there is an MSI inside the EXE then you can usually extract this and then get the necessary information by looking at the property table. If there is no MSI inside the EXE then it may be a legacy installer and you need to look at the interface as suggested above. Or it may be a modern installer which might be freeware.  NSIS is one example of an EXE generator which is used by VLC (if I recall correctly). The NSIS website will give you information on the switches supported.
Answered 09/10/2014 by: EdT
Red Belt

  • can i just 7zip to extract the .exe file..then after that i will look for the prpperty table...actually i am new to that kind of task thats why i am asking you a little bit in detail
    • and what is the meaning of legacy installer and how can look at the interface..plz dont mind my annoying questions.
      • Legacy installer usually means an installer that was used before MSI standard was released in 2001.
    • Depends on the EXE file - not all EXE files can be opened with 7-zip

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Usually, when you run the .exe you can tell by the interface of it.  Secondly, whatever .exe you are running, on cmdline just put /? or /help to find the silent switches for it.
Answered 09/10/2014 by: 786_ak
Third Degree Green Belt

  • I tried by placing /? Or help ..used the setup file of ccleaner but its start to run..no switches had been displayed there
    • If you are just looking for completely silent install use /S. But this way you'll have do alot of clean up via script. Second option is to create an MSI and play with that.
      • thanks for ur suggestion,,,can u plz let me know which is the best .exe to msi converter free of cost which can do all all .exe files irrespective of the installer to convert it to msi and then i deploy intsall it using msi silent switches
      • i am unable to read ur complete answer about Orca
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There are no "free" EXE to MSI converters that are compatible with modern 64 bit operating systems.
Answered 09/11/2014 by: EdT
Red Belt

  • thanks for the information.
  • http://download.cnet.com/Exe-to-Msi-Converter-Free/3000-2216_4-10969236.html
I use Actual Installer Free
It generates EXE setup files and supports silent mode (just add /S command line to the file path).
Answered 09/11/2014 by: Chris5578
White Belt

  • I believe the poster was looking for an EXE to MSI solution and not something to create EXE files.
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I may have misinterpreted the question. It is trivial to create an MSI wrapper to install an EXE with appropriate command line switches.  However, tools to capture an installation and create a new MSI from the EXE install are not free, although there are older tools such as the WinInstall LE tool supplied in the Win 2K server CD.
Answered 09/15/2014 by: EdT
Red Belt

I generally use the Universal Silent Switch Finder. It seems to work pretty well, for me at least.


Answered 09/16/2014 by: Jonathan
White Belt

  • yes its working good only for msi packages but for .exe its response is very bad
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