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 MAKEMSI 09.328

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The intention of this tool is that an MSI or merge module (any Windows database) can be manipulated or created with a very few number of lines and without writing code. Any "common" manipulations are setup once and reused for all your MSI files.

All files are in text format so are easy to read and compare, you could easily create an MSI with a "handful" of commands (such as 2 line MSIs...). An HTML report is created when creating an MSI (this includes a file "verify" button). Also has a MSI dump and difference tool which you will find easy to read (and MAKEMSI can also process).

- Automatic handling of files opened by applications (in use).
- If an install fails then prior changes will be undone (no half installs).
- Enables deployment (with or without elevated privledges) to all boxes in a network via Group Policy/Active Directory. Corporate customers will definately prefer (or in fact generally require) MSI based installers due to their ease of deployment.
- The automatic creation of XP system restore points at package install and uninstall.
- Self healing (repair) of files or registry entries.
- The advertising of complete applications (or parts) which allows installation on demand (resources not installed until required).
- Installation or uninstallation can be automated via command line parameters in a standard way (automatic support for silent or unattended installs).
- Allows merging of common "runtime files" (via Microsoft or other 3rd party merge modules).
- Configuration of MSI based products is supported by many mechanisms which are standard for all MSI installers.
- MSI files are databases which can be manipulated (by the end user) to tweak them or alterations can be done via separate transforms or options can be overridden from the command line. This can change install file and shortcut locations and control which features get installed plus much more.
- Microsoft Windows product logos require MSI based installers.

What's New
Added the ".NET Framework Installed?" validation/sample.
The base url of all links in the generated html report that pointed into the online MAKEMSI manual incorrectly started with "" (causing a 404).
If you used "MM.CMD" without parameters and there was only one match whose filename contained spaces then the build wouldn't work.
I finally got sick of the false AV hits on "DTREG.EXE" (which is only used by experimental "SelfRegImport" command) so its now zipped in a password protected archive to "hide it". If you need it then unzip to install.
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File Name MAKEMSI 09.328 added by marko
Submitted Dec 4 2007, 05:00 PM
Last Updated Nov 24 2009, 06:38 PM
File Type  (zip - application/zip)
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File Size 7.12MB (Estimated Download Times)
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