Hello. I'm trying to create an MSI for Logitech's (horrible) Quickcam Studio 7.3 software for their webcams. I am using WinInstall to create the package. When I compress the package, and then try the MSI (without removing unwanted components), I get prompted "Could not access network location WindowsFolder\". I parsed the MSI with the ORCA and changed a setting that referenced WindowsFolder\ to c:\windows, but when I rerun the MSI, the app crashes.

Any help would be appreciated...

Thanks. -- Milnesy
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WindowsFolder is a property so it may want to reference it by [WindowsFolder] instead of WindowsFolder\. Also, your change to C:\Windows may not have worked because it didn't have a trailing slash, such as C:\Windows\.

Picky little stuff that might make all the difference.
Answered 08/22/2005 by: VikingLoki
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ok, I changed it to c:\windows\ in ORCA, and still no luck.

Is there any place in WinInstall LE that I can modify that property? I checked the NAI file and there's nothing that points to that property, and I haven't seen anything in the components that would point me in the right direction. Any help would be appreciated.
Answered 08/22/2005 by: milnesy
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The property is automatically populated. Try changing the C:\windows\ to [WindowsFolder] in order to use the property. (BTW, include the square brackets when you type in [WindowsFolder] )

What table/column are we talking about, anyway?
Answered 08/22/2005 by: VikingLoki
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When using Orca I was changing the Property table for WIPROP00000002=WindowsFolder\ and changing it to C:\windows\

This worked for the install, but when I tried to run the app, it would error out. I didn't want to have to change the MSI in ORCA after building it w/ WinInstall, as I am relatively new at this.

I will the suggestion of using [WindowsFolder] and let you know.

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Answered 08/22/2005 by: milnesy
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Update.... changed it to [WindowsFolder] and I still get the same error, "Could not access network location [WindowsFolder]"
Answered 08/22/2005 by: milnesy
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That might not work if it's in the property table, using a property to define a property. If it doesn't work, open the MSI in ORCA, search for [WIPROP00000002] and see how that property is used. Hopefully you'll see it used in a way that doesn't make sense (and the value of "WindowsFolder\" wouldn't work properly) and you can fix it there.

Because that [WIPROP00000002] property is very similar to [WindowsFolder], I suspect that WinInstall messed up and created a [WIPROP00000002] and used it everywhere it should have used [WindowsFolder].
Answered 08/22/2005 by: VikingLoki
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I did find in the Directory table 2 listings for WIPROP00000002. Here is what is listed:
DIRECTORY.....................DIRECTORY PARENT.........DEFAULT DIRECTORY
WIPROP00000002.............. TARGETDIR.................... .
WIDIR00000099................ WIPROP00000002........... HELP

The other reference in the MSI is to the Property table where it shows WindowsFolder\
Answered 08/22/2005 by: milnesy
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Instead of repackage "Quickcam Studio 7.3" I would use the vendor's InstallShield MSI file instead. This will be extracted when running the setup.

Edit: you can find the extraced installation under "C:\Program Files\Logitech\ImgStudMedia"
Answered 08/22/2005 by: AngelD
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Ah. Capturing an MSI. Yes, that's probably why things got confused. Capturing an MSI rarely works well, you end up doubling a lot of WindowsInstaller stuff.
Answered 08/23/2005 by: VikingLoki
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I have done it both ways and I still get the problem. Could the MSI set the Property value? and when I run the 2nd scan, it has the wrong PROPERTY setting?
Answered 08/23/2005 by: milnesy
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Well the hard part of Quickcam Studio is that it contains several msi installations.
You can find in which order to install them by looking under the section "[NestedInstallations]" in the Install.ini file under "C:\Program Files\Logitech\ImgStudMedia\AppInst\". This file will also describe property values for each nested installation which also is described in this file under each specific application section.
Answered 08/23/2005 by: AngelD
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