Hi All!

Does anyone know if it's safe to edit my msi's and mst's (basic msi editing and making transforms) on a x64 Win7 installation while developing for target OS Win7 x86 with Adminstudio 2010? Unlike WPS I have little experience with Adminstudio.

I have a VM (Win7 x86) with only the repackager on it for all the repackaging stuff, but now I'm wondering if I can use my host-pc (x64) for the full installation of Adminstudio.

Especially I want to know if Adminstudio leaves any (OS)footprints in the msi's and transforms I will make. If it does, I can better make an extra VM with the full Adminstudio on Win7 x86.

Hopefully you understand my question. [;)]

Regards,

Peter
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The OS on which you compile the .msi and the target system for which the msi is intended aren't dependent, no footprints are inserted.

The msi type(32-bit or 64-bit) is chosen by selecting "Platform" drop-down list from Summary Information and choosing the processor architecture.
Further, depending on the msi type, the Windows Installer service will redirect all data (files,registries,etc.) to corresponding location, for example a 32-bit msi will be installed in "C:\Program Files (x86)" while a 64-bit one will go to "C:\Program Files".
Answered 04/11/2011 by: package_aligator
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Thanks for the quick reply!

So I assume it's safe to do that. This removes the need for an extra VM.

Thanks!!

Regards,
Peter
Answered 04/11/2011 by: pjbaars
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For editing existing MSIs, it wouldn't make a difference. I think the generally accepted wisdom for re-packaging (for clarity, I mean turning a legacy installer into an MSI) is that you do so on a 32-bit system.
Answered 04/11/2011 by: VBScab
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