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Disable MSI auto-repair - how to?

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Currently experiencing difficulties when an application MSI patch is installed onto an existing application. If there is a shared .DLL file then the prior installed application will try and auto-repair as its detects that the required file has changed. Is there any way to turn off this feature of MSI? I want to do it on a per-package basis, not via Group Policy. My only other option is to re-package the applications with the .DLL files etc. installed into the local directory as opposed to System32 thus negating the possibility of a file conflict as every application will have their required files. However, this is undesirable as it would mean a lot of new work and revisiting previously finished tasks.

I appreciate that this is something of a strange request as auto-repair is a key feature of MSI.

Thanks!
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Installing an application with the command line
msiexec.exe  /i yourapp.msi DISABLEADVTSHORTCUTS=1
would prevent it to repair itself when clicking the shortcut in the startmenu.
and setting the property ARPNOREPAIR=1 on the commandline will remove (disable) the repair button in ARP(add remove programs)

but there is no way of disabling the repair function for the WindowsInstaller altogether.

The only way to get rid of all possible selfrepair functionality is to repackage all appliacations
and removing the keypath for all components (for the components installing into System32).

It is a fairly time consuming project but it isn't that hard. The easiest way would be to apply a mst (transform file) to
all applications installating files into the system23 folder.

/Barkis_
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