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Creating a proper MSI Package to deploy application

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Hello there

My company uses an application which is updated on regular bases. A new version of the application arrives on a CD which I have to install it on every single machine. I thought about creating a Windows Installer MSI package and use a Group Policy to deploy the application to all client machines.
The application expires after a certain length of time and therefore the new installation of this application should overwrite the old installations i.e. the same path structure etc.  
I have used Advanced Installer Version 6.0.1to create the required MSI.  
When I tried to deploy it using Group Policy to client computers I could see before the logon screen that the software is being installed. But when I log in the old software is still there (not overwritten) and nothing else is there.
I have tried to get the program installed on C:\Program files\Product Name\Program Folder but sometimes, after the installation is complete, I find the path different. I get something like C:\Program files\Company name\Product name and it does not install properly.  
I am certain that the problem lies with MSI file that I have created using the Advanced Installer program but I am not really an expert with that application.  
I am using Windows 2003 Server Standard Edition and all client machines are Windows XP
Any help regarding this will be much appreciated. Any question please let me know.    
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Does the MSI install properly if you just run it directly on a machine? Is there a difference if you install it on a machine that's never had the app as opposed to one that's being upgraded?

I know MSI's can be a pian the way they overwrite files (or DON'T overwrite files) but I've never seen them arbitrarily change target directories.

I'm not familiar with Advanced Installer but I've used Wininstall with great results, maybe you good give that a shot. I do exactly what you do, pushing out sofware that come by subscription every month.
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i was shown how to use advanced installer properly, and now is all working.
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