I have a exe and i want to convert the same to msi so i have taken a setupcapture.
But now the GUI is totally changed. so i just want to know whether it is possible to have the same GUI (dialog box , checkboxes etc ) that appeared in exe .

I know that i am repackaging the installation but during installation of exe we have to select some tabs depending on the user requirement , so i was thinking to have the same GUI. So we can capture only one setting or ..
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Yes, you can do that. Use the dialog section and create the similer dialogs.

One question, why are you packaging it if you asking your users to follow some steps during installation. You can aswell give the setup.exe?
Answered 12/13/2010 by: murali.bhat
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If you absolutely *must* have an MSI, then you might want to consider creating a 'wrapper' MSI which deploys the vendor source to a local folder and then calls the original setup executable (as a custom action). Doing this means end users will see the original dialogs the setup executable provides and there should be no need for you to 'reengineer' the dialogs yourself. There should be more information in this forum about wrappers if you do a search.

One thing to remember if you go down this route is that you may see two Add/Remove Programs (ARP) entries - one for your wrapper and one for the original setup. Consider using the ARPSYSTEMCOMPONENT property to hide the wrapper ARP entry if this is a problem for you.

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Answered 12/13/2010 by: spartacus
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Thanks murali.bhat and spartacus

How do we do the 'reengineer' the dialogs ?

Actually in application the client have some option that need to selected like the operating system he is deploying the machine or like region specific things. so he is not willing to change the dialog boxes. Also he want to have his company icon onto the screen od every dialog box.

Spartacus -- i have idea about MSI Wrapper. but from setup file he want one option to be deleted. This exe has option to install itself in 98 OS now he want that applicaiton shouldn't be able to install on 98 OS. we can give launch condition . but this functionality is in dropdown box of GUI of applicaiton.
Answered 12/13/2010 by: rock_star
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This is like pulling teeth...

Re-package it as an MSI and build in OS and region detection, or set up public properties which the client can specify on the command line or in a transform. If the client STILL wants dialogs, you'll need to build them from scratch. Given the level of questioning (no offence) I'm not confident in your ability to do that.
Answered 12/14/2010 by: VBScab
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@VBScab i understand . i need to learn a lot .. i am gradually doing the same ..


hope some day u will have confident in me[:)]
Answered 12/14/2010 by: rock_star
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I meant my comment to be helpful and recognise that we all started somewhere. If I know clients, though, they're probably not going to wait for their package while you learn how to build dialogs and, more importantly, get them to "communicate" with the package.
Answered 12/14/2010 by: VBScab
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