I am having a hell of a time to figure out how to install these WinSxS files on Windows 7. Have tried to use in-built tools to handle these assemblies but in vain.

Anykind of help would be appreciated. :)

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  • HI Jagdish,
    I`ve tried above options but the problem is that it fails to create the policy file which are also required along with CAT and manifest files. But I`ve been unable to create policies file using Wise. I know it can be done easily using Admin Studio but cannot use Install Shield. Anyways thanks for the advice :)
  • It is briefly given in WindowsInstallerEditor.chm. Please check it.
    • Sure bro :D
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Not sure what you mean by having to install WinSxS files.  If needed the software should create the structure.  The big problem you will run into trying to put files/directories into the WinSxS structure is it is owned by TrustedInstaller and even SYSTEM and Administrators do not have Modify or Write rights.

Answered 06/27/2012 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • Sorry for not explaining properly but i am repackaging an application and need to place some DLL in WinSxS directory.
    And as you said, I dont want to copy the files their(for obvious reasons), but need to use Wise to do the same using MSIAssembly table but am unable to do that.
  • If all else fails you can do a xcopy by taking ownership of the WinSxS and giving it to administrators group. Back in my Zen days I had to takeownership of the winsxs directory to capture the image due to a bug. I used the zip file mentioned in this link.
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-take-ownership-to-explorer-right-click-menu-in-vista/.
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