Analysing the file content of Windows Installer files using PowerShell

A few weeks ago we have started with the preparation for introducing Microsoft Office 2013 and Internet Explorer 11. As with every introduction of new software it’s all about compatibility. During the course of testing applications we were informed that some of them caused an issue due to hard coded paths. Each application is going to be installed anyway so that application owners can conduct testing, but at the same time I thought, it would Read More …

The eBook every Windows Engineer should read – Deploying and Supporting Applications on Windows 64-Bit

While only a few years ago the 64-bit version of the Windows client would only be installed on special purpose systems, nowadays it has become the de facto standard for most OEM’s and Enterprises. In 2010 Microsoft published some numbers on their Windows blog indicating that in June 46% of the clients running Windows 7 and use Windows Update were running Windows 7 64-Bit. At the same time Gartner published a report saying that by Read More …

ToolTip: Updated version of lessmsi (View extract MSI content)

There is an updated version of the less misérables utility a utility with a graphical user interface and a command line interface that can be used to view and extract the contents of an MSI file. The updated version now has explorer integration, that can be easily enabled / disabled via the preference menu setting. Download lessmsi from here.

What you should know about the Win32_Product Class

I just read this very interesting article “Why Win32_Product is Bad News!” and if you’re a Desktop Systems Administrator I strongly recommend to the read that article as well. To simulate what Darren is writing about, simply open an elevated command prompt (on a Test system) and type WMIC, once WMIC has started type Product and confirm with Enter. All installed Products will be listed. Now open the Windows Event Viewer. (Eventvwr.msc) and open the Read More …

Configuring App-V Standalone Mode through Group Policy

If you plan to use the Microsoft App-V Stand-Alone Mode some Registry Settings are required for the Application Virtualization Client as described in detail on this App-V site here. But instead of setting these registry keys manually or through a custom script, you can also manage these settings through Group Policy. First download the Microsoft Application Virtualization Administrative Template (ADM Template). The ADM Template provides configuration options for the App-V 4.5/4.6 Client settings such as Read More …

Microsoft Silverlight 3 Silent Installation

This morning I integrated Microsoft Silverlight 3 into our Windows 7 build. Since we use an automated image build process, i prepared the Silverlight package for a silent install. Here’s what you need to do to run a silent Silverlight 3 installation: 1. Download the latest Silverlight installation package from the Silverlight website. 2. You will get a silverlight.exe. Run silverlight.exe /x to extract the content 3. Now extract the silverlight.msp from the silverlight.7z file Read More …

Reduce software installation time

Windows7 comes with Windows Installer 5.0 that has a new installation property called MSIFASTINSTALL. Using the MSIFASTINSTALL property can help reduce time required to install a windows installer package. The trick behind MSIFASTINSTALL is quite simple, it just skips things that consume time like creating a system restore point or calculating the space requirements (File Costing). So if you do not need system restore points and know that your clients have enough disk space anyway, Read More …

ToolTip – less misérables (MSI file extractor)

Today I found a nice utility that allows you to easily extract individual files from an MSI package. The tool is called “less miséreables”. it’s a kind of a funny name, but it does the job. To extract a file, simply launch the utility, select the file(s) you want to extract and click on the extract button. Of course the same can be done by using the MSIEXEC command from the command line as shown Read More …

InstEd – Free Windows Installer database editor

For those dealing with application packaging here’s an interesting tool you should know about. For more details check out the InstEd site and read theblog.

AppDeploy Repackager

Bob Kelly has launched a free MSI Packaging tool called the AppDeploy Repackager. The AppDeploy Repackager is a simple freeware snapshot tool for the creation of Windows Installer (MSI) setup packages More information about what the Repackager can do and can not do can be found in the FAQ.