I was asked to automated the installation of Microsoft Expression Studio 3. I only want to install the Expression Web 3 and Expression Blend 3 + Sketchflow features. When I install them individually via the provided MSI files, I am asked for a keyafterwards, which doesn't happen when running from the Setup.exe. Also I cannot find a simple way only to choose these features from the setup.exe.

First off, I downloaded the ISO from MSDN and extracted the contents to a folder. This gave me Setup.exe, setup.ini and a subfolder called Setup, which contains 8 different MSIs, 76 cab files, some DLLs and few subfolders. Like any packager, I ran setup.exe with a -? and this is pretty much what I got (I relinked to an older image from the below post).

I am now in the process of extracting the files that are put in the TEMP directory during setup.exe /q installation, based on some suggestions in the below posts. Any ideas or suggestions on this one? Thanks much guys.

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I figured out a way to do it. Look in ExpressionStudioManifest.cab, you should find a single file called ExpressionStudioManifest.xml. Do a search in that for PROOFOFPURCHASE. The value of that entry is your Key.

You can then simply apply that key to MSI installation by using the PROOFOFPURCHASE property, either via command line or MST. The reason I missed it before was I was looking for the older property, PIDKEY.

For example, to install only Web Expressions 3, my command line looks like this:

msiexec.exe /i Web_en.msi PROOFOFPURCHASE=xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx /qn
Answered 09/28/2009 by: elgwhoppo
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Nice going! Have you posted this in the Package KB?
Answered 09/29/2009 by: VBScab
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Not yet, I don't think there is a KB for Studio 3. I'll make one this morning.
Answered 09/29/2009 by: elgwhoppo
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