Converting an EXE file to MSI

ben1211
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I need help converting an exe file to MSI which I would like to distribute using GPMC.

I tried downloading Advanced Installer, but I am just unable to understand how to use it. Confusing!

Any other available softwares please?
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Top Expert 2010
Commented:
You cannot convert them as such but in a lot of cases you can extract an msi file from an exe.

Try running "setup.exe /a" where setup.exe is the name of the exe file you have.

So if the file is in the root of C:\ go to start > run and type

C:\Setup.exe /a






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Commented:
hi Mojo....I have an exe file. I need that exe file converted to an MSI file, otherwise I can't distribute it via GPMC.
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Mike ThomasConsultant
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Like I said, in most cases you can extract the msi file out using the /a switch I have done this countless times, so many times in fact I have never needed or even heard of a conversion tool. It is great to know you can get a tool to convert though.

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M-Manakhly - i tried the link that you gave me. Its not easy to use this. I tried it with the exe file that I have, and it just doesn't work. Meaning, the msi package is created, but when I run it on another PC/Server, the package runs, but I can see that there are no changes. I know by right, there should be changes to an icon. This exe file is a McAfee agent.exe file.

I'm attaching the exe file here. Take a look at it please.
agentch.exe
Mike ThomasConsultant
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
I just extracted the exe using the /a switch and it gives up 2 bin files and xml and a .bat file, that batch file would be very easy to run using a start up script..............if that is any help to you.



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