What is a Msi file how can i create one.

Posted on 2007-10-17
Last Modified: 2013-11-14

What is a Msi file how can i create one.
Can we create a Msi file out of any software. What are the requiremnts

Question by:bsharath
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    An MSI is a microsoft installer file. It installs a program/application and contains details of the files/settings etc that are required to allow maintenence and facilitate clean removal

    There is an article on how to create an MSI at
    and there are free tools available such as Advanced Installer
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    "An MSI file is a Windows Installer Package. Why do you need it? Why can't SETUP.EXE get the job done by itself? An MSI file's job is to help SETUP.EXE by providing it with information such as which folder the application should be installed to, which of the application's optional components should be installed and which Registry keys need to be added to the system or modified. An MSI file stores this information in database format. "

    There are various third party applications that can be used to create .msi file.  A popular one is WinInstall.
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    I want to create a msi of a exe...Should i know some parameters or the software will take care of all while creating a Msi file..

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