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    Hi guys

    i want to know how to make msi out of software intallers that i have. Does anyone know any software that does this or how i can make msi to send over the network

    thanks

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    There is a free program called wininstallLE.
    1) install wininstall
    2)Run discovery
    3)install application you want to create an msi of
    4)run discovery again
    5) finished you should now have an MSI of all changes made between the two scans.

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    EMCO do a good one as well - Not free though

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    This section in the Wiki has some examples of the required software:
    Network Management Solutions - EduGeek.net Wiki

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    we use Wininstall LE here and it's great.

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    Just a quicky relating to this, if I use Winstall LE and a PC say gets a windows update for example during the install (i know random but something else changes / adds) will the winstall MSI made during the second discover work or just got asdfioasvsmdov and die?

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    Just a quicky relating to this, if I use Winstall LE and a PC say gets a windows update for example during the install (i know random but something else changes / adds) will the winstall MSI made during the second discover work or just got asdfioasvsmdov and die?
    Most repackaging tools will have a default exclusion list (of registry keys, directories, file extensions) which you can customise. Anything that matches the exclusion list should be left out of the resulting package.

    I'd strongly recommend that you check what is detected in the scan and refine the package, removing anything unrelated to the application. For example, if you capture a Windows log file in your package and leave it there, when you deploy your MSI, you may find it fails if that log is locked by the system at install time.

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    Cheers for that, I guess its something I need to look into more when I've got time

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    Just to add to Mikes post...

    You can help yourself enormously by having a clean and locked down image of your OS to capture on... So things like firewall settings as required, WinUpdate disabled.. no anti-virus, etc...

    That usually provides a good base for captures..

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    i use a virtual pc to create installers using wininstall le. that way its always a clean install and doesnt have stuff running on my pc adding unnecessary garbage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by browolf View Post
    i use a virtual pc to create installers using wininstall le. that way its always a clean install and doesnt have stuff running on my pc adding unnecessary garbage.
    Yep... there's only one problem if your package checks the system specs for VGA capabilities as the Lego Mindstorm software does... It doesn't bork the install but it does cause problems so it may be an issue in some cases.

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