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How do i add registry keys to a msi?
I have a application msi that i am deploying to all my users through group policy, when this software is installed i need to add 3-4 registry entries.
How can i deploy these registry settings. along with the msi.
Is there any way of exporting the registry keys and importing them into the msi or something
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by:Vadim Rapp
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the best to accomplish this is by transform. You can create the transform using free ORCA or any other MSI-authoring tool. Or you can hire someone on commercial basis, it should be quite easy and inexpensive project.
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do all the registry keys need to be added in manually using orca or can i import them
i have downloaded orca and used it to open my msi file, buy am a little confussed what to do
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by:Vadim Rapp
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I don't think orca can import; that's something that more advanced tools do.

you need to add keys to the Registry table. But if need to be familiar with the basic structure of the MSI, such as components.
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do you know of an easy way to get these registry keys deployed to everyone i have tested deploying the msi and it works fine but i need to deploy these reg settings.
do you know ang good tools or an easy way of deploying reg entries through active directory
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http://www.installsite.org/pages/en/msi/authoring.htm

some are free. As I said, you need to create the transform for your MSI. Then you will specify that transform on the tab "modifications" in the installation package in group policy.
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which tool is the easiest to use i would like a tool to imprt the registry keys
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Vadim Rapp earned 1500 total points
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as I said, you have two choices: (1) you get basic guidance here, add your own effort, and do it yourself (2) you hire somebody else who will deliver the result. I guess, the basic guidance has been given.
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