How to Create an MSI Installer Package

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How to Create an MSI Installer Package
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A Microsoft Installer (MSI) package is a third-party software installation program for installation on Microsoft Windows systems. An application by Seagate Software, named the Veritas Software Console, is the program used to create MSI packages. The installation program for the Veritas tool may be found on the Windows 2000 installation CD in the following location: Valueadd\3rdparty\Mgmt\Winstle\Swiadmle.msi. This package includes the WINstall application, the tool used to create MSI packages. Note that this WINstall tool will need to be installed on a drive or location accessible by a clean PC to create the MSI file.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Clean PC with operating system and service packs only installed
  • Veritas Software Console -- WINstall

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  1. 1

    Insert your Windows 2000 CD into your computer's CD drive.

  2. 2

    Open Windows Explorer and navigate to "Valueadd\3rdparty\Mgmt\Winstle\Swiadmle.msi" on the Windows 2000 CD.

  3. 3

    Double-click the MSI file to install the Veritas Software Console. Specify an installation location that will be accessible by the clean PC creating the installation package.

  4. 4

    Navigate to the file named "Discoz.exe" in the WINStall folder, then double-click this file to execute the Discover tool.

  5. 5

    Click the "Before" snapshot and select the clean PC. Click "OK." Discover will take a snapshot of the clean PC before installation of the third-party application.

  6. 6

    Install the third-party application onto the clean PC and reboot the computer. Run the newly installed application on the PC to ensure that installation was successful. Quit the program, once verified.

  7. 7

    Launch the Discover application.

  8. 8

    Click the "After" snapshot option, and select the PC again. Click "OK." Discover will take a snapshot of the PC after the installation of the third-party application. In doing so, all data that has changed is recorded and compiled into an MSI file. This data includes files, registry entries and edits to settings necessary to install the application.

  9. 9

    Copy the MSI file to another computer and test the installation package by installing the software.

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