I'm new to application packaging and I have a question about packaging this special source EXE.

I have a source EXE, I call it EXE1, when I install it on a VM, in the temp folder, I found the source EXE1 got extracted to a MSI and another EXE, I call it EXE2. Basically the MSI does not have much install logic and file, it just calls EXE2. EXE2 is where all the files and most of the install logic exist. I tried to create a MST for the MSI but for some reason the installation failed. I am thinking if I can wrap up EXE1 into a MSI. I had the feeling that you can not wrap a MSI within another MSI. Because EXE1 contains a MSI in it, I am not sure wrapping the source EXE1 into a MSI will work.

Any idea? Thanks for your help!

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Use Exe2 and take snapshot of it and create msi as suggested by Piyshnasa and ensure that your Exe1 and msi are not doing anything extra otherthan calling your Exe2.. If it does something extra like registering any dll, adding registry, etc... capture it and include it in your newly created msi package...
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Directly use Exe2 and take a snapshot of it and covert to MSI.

Answered 07/23/2012 by: piyushnasa
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Use Exe2 and take snapshot of it and create msi as suggested by Piyshnasa and ensure that your Exe1 and msi are not doing anything extra otherthan calling your Exe2.. If it does something extra like registering any dll, adding registry, etc... capture it and include it in your newly created msi package...

Answered 07/24/2012 by: jagadeish
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Thanks guys. Trying now.

Answered 07/24/2012 by: nbafifa02
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