I've got an annoying app on oen pc that receives monthly updates (at 700 meg a time!).

Now I've found the easy way to update this is to just copy over the 620 meg mdb file from my upgraded version to the users pc.

I'd like to be able to just copy the file from the update cd but I can't as it's contained in a cab file. The catch is the cab is not an MS cab (when I open it there is nothing there, yet it is approx 700 meg) it's an installshield cab.

Does anyone know of any free windows software that can be used to extract files from Installshield cabs?
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Hi, presumably you've tried things like WinZip, WinRar etc?

If so and you can't extract the file, why not just run the full setup on a test machine and take the .mdb from the resulting install an copy it over as required?

Otherwise you could try this - there's an extract.exe file.. but if the cab won't open in windows natively then this probably won't help since it's an MS product!

Cheers,
Rob.
Answered 02/02/2006 by: MSIPackager
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Yeah winzip didn't do the trick, niether did winrar.

I can do a full install on a machien and steal the file, but that's kind of the opposite of what I want to do, I want to be able to do it without having to install it somewhere else first to save time.

That's how I'm doing it now, it's nothing major as it's only 1 user but it's just annoying :)
Answered 02/02/2006 by: swwdesktops
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but it's just annoying

..well it's install shield - what do you expect [;)]
Answered 02/02/2006 by: MSIPackager
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I had a go at this a few weeks ago.

It's a bit of a pain, because apparently IS don't conform to the MS standards for CABs, but use their own propietary format.

I ended up using [url=http://www.zipscan.co.uk/download.htm]ZipScan[/url] to extract.
Answered 02/02/2006 by: meastaugh1
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