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How to extract Installshield cab files?

Hello,
I'm looking for a way to extract Installshield cab files.

I've got two cab files, data1.cab and data2.cab and the content file data1.hdr.
I already tried the following methods to extract those files:

- ZipScan:
I chose data1.cab to extract, but the program only extracted the files from data1.cab even though it showed as well the files from data2.cab. For the files from data2.cab I received error messages. I assume, that ZipScan dosn't access data2.cab to extract the missing files.

- i5comp & i6comp:
Doesn't seem to support the format. Gives me the message: This does not look like IShield 6 cab.

- Uniextract:
Doesn't seem to support the format. Gives me the message: This does not look like IShield 5 cab.

- Installshield Pro 12:
I don't understand how to use the program to extract the cab files.

The three files can be downloaded from the following address:
http://www.dominickamp.de/data.rar

I'd be glad if someone could solve this problem.
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
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MacindowsAuthor Commented:
No, it's not a Microsoft cab file. It's an Installshield cab file. So the Microsoft EXPAND tool doesn't work in this situation.

Any other ideas?
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
http://synce.sourceforge.net/synce/unshield.php suggests that "unshield" will do the job ans provides a link ro it. Let me know if it does the job
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MacindowsAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I already tried this method but failed, since the only version available is in source code. And I really have not a single idea what to do with that. Do you know how this "thing" can be used? (Intel iMac - WindowsXP)
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Sorry - didn't realise it was only source code
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MacindowsAuthor Commented:
No problem...as long as we find a solution! ;-)
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
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MacindowsAuthor Commented:
Again, sorry. Universal Extractor 1.5 = Uniextract. I already tried that.
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MacindowsAuthor Commented:
If you want, you can try it yourself. I uploaded the files to my page.
http://www.dominickamp.de/data.rar
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jkrCommented:
Have you tried to just launch the installer and grab the files as they are extracted to a temp. directory?
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MacindowsAuthor Commented:
Yes, I tried that. The problem is, that the installer I want to install is the Sony Vaio Edit Components 6.2. This installer requires my computer to be a Vaio pc, which it is obviously not. The installer stops the installation before it starts. I need this program to get my hands on the plugin which allows me to edit AVCHD raw material in Adobe Premiere Pro. And since Sony thinks, it is not necessary to provide its customers with at least a little support regarding their products, I need to do it by myself.
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Dr-4NCommented:
I assume you are trying to replace a corrupted file or missing file in ur system or else why do you need to extract such files. Why do you need to extract them
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MacindowsAuthor Commented:
Your assumption is wrong. I don't need to replace a missing file in my system. Sony provides all Vaio computers with a free upgrade for Premiere Elements and Premiere Pro, so that they can import and edit AVCHD raw material (from a Sony HD camcorder) directly without converting it into another format. This software however, is ONLY for Vaio computers and NOT for any others.

I want to extract the files from the Installshield installer and install it manually! So I can probably miss out the check, whether it is a Sony Vaio computer.
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OliwareZCommented:
In the Professional version of the InstallShield you can find the Installshield Cabinet File Viewer tool. Open the header file, then select components view. You can extract the files from the components with Tools/Extract. (I tested it for your Data.rar and it works fine)

You can use the ISCAB command line utility from this software, too, but it needs layout.bin, etc.

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kcehtrakCommented:
Macindows, Assuming that these cab file are generated by the Installshield, then there must be an MSI accompanying the cab files. Doing an admin install will extract all the files that is contained in the cab files to the location of your choice. Try this from the Start>Run window. Type Msiexec.exe /a ".MSI Filename" /qb TARGETDIR="C:\Temp\AdminInstall" . Once the installer popup dialog box vanishes, check for the files under c:\temp\admininstall folder and it should have the files u were after. This is best way to extract the cab files generated by installshield as a part of the MSI. Hope this helps. Cheers.
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kcehtrakCommented:
macindows, an FYI that the above procedure will not install the app on your machine, but only extract the files to the location that you have mentioned in the Targetdir command. Just to clarify, here is an example of the above command, assuming that the msi and the cab files are in C:\Apps folder and the msi name is "Sony Vaio Edit Components.msi" then the command line from Start>Run would look like this. msiexec.exe /a "C:\Apps\Sony Vaio Edit Components.msi" /qb TARGETDIR="C:\Temp\AdminInstall"  
Good luck!!
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