I need to create a MSI for an application that is installed on a machine. I do not have the raw media for the application. Is this possible and if yes what is the procedure I can follow for the same?
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Hi AK,

What tools do you have available to do packaging? Wise Package Studio has a feature called "ApplicationWatch", which is described in its blurb as follows:

ApplicationWatch monitors an executable, either an application or an installation, while you run it. It then adds all .DLL, .OCX, and .EXE files that were accessed to a new Windows Installer or WiseScript package. You can use the new installation as a basis for a new Windows Installer installation of an application you have installed on your hard drive. You can also use the new installation for informational purposes to determine what files an installation accesses.

I've never actually used it, nor do I know anyone that has, and I certainly wouldn't use it unless it was a desperate last measure, but its worth a shot.

Hope that helps


Answered 07/06/2005 by: plangton
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I have used facility once with Wise Package Studio, just to see how well it worked - it wasn't too bad actually, but you do have to ensure you capture every part of the installed application - all menu options and all possible paths that it can take.

Its certainly about the only option if the original media is lost or unobtainable and well worth a try as long as the package is intended for a similar software build of machine - I don't think it would work too weel if the installed application is captured on NT and you want to create an XP package.
Answered 07/07/2005 by: upthorpe
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Tools like regmon, filemon, process explorer and dependency walker should help to troubleshoot - if your resulting MSI isn't working [:)]
Answered 07/07/2005 by: MSIPackager
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hi ,
Can you please let me know how do i post a new query , i don't get to see an option for posting a new one
Answered 07/24/2005 by: Shree
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Answered 07/25/2005 by: glwday
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First of all I would try to see if the original installation created an install.log file if it was a legacy installation, that could help you find exactly what the old installation "installed" on the client. Should it be an MSI installation you could look into where the sourcelist is pointing and grab the MSI installation if it's accessible.
Answered 07/30/2005 by: AngelD
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