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Why thre is an msi AND an exe in some software packages?

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Why thre is an msi AND an exe in some software packages?

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by:Ron Malmstead
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In my experience, the exe.. typically Setup.exe, is for attended installation, whereas the setup.msi is packaged to deploy an unattended installation (silently) via group policy or scipting.
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This is my answer: http://www.ghacks.net/2009/03/23/msi-or-exe-setup/

The setup.exe that you encounter in lots of software distributions is called a bootstrapper. This setup.exe file will check if the computer system is capable of running the software program; If it is, it will initiate msiexec.exe which will launch the installation using the msi file.
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What I was looking for.
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