Hi all,
am a new entry to the packaging field and am very new to this. Now am doing package on moldflow2012 i have a problem in moldflow design link when i click the exe it will go for installation at installer folder it will extract 3 msi's one is vc++ (PRE-REQ) onother is msxml and one more is autodesk inventor server 2012.... eventhough if i stop windows installer service it will contunue installation am totally confused how to package this one can any one help me on this.......
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There's nothing to do, other than create a transform.

Once you have the MSIs, copy them somewhere safe, renaming them to something sensible along the way if need be (some EXEs extract MSIs to random names). Then use your authoring tool to create transforms for them, although the VCRT and MSXML ones are unlikely to need transforming.

As a newcomer, before you do anything else, you should read Phil Wilson's excellent book, The Definitive Guide To Windows Installer. You'll struggle in this field unless you have a grasp of the fundamentals. You should also build some skills in VBScript, if you don't have any.
Answered 07/12/2011 by: VBScab
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What VBScab suggests is accurate, but I would add one more thing. Before you go reinventing the wheel, look for information from the vendor as to how to perform a silent install. They will often include a readme or help file with instructions for a silent install. Not always, but often.

Also, Google is your best friend because chances are, someone else has asked the same question somewhere and there is already an answer posted.
Answered 07/12/2011 by: jmaclaurin
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Thank you VBScab and jmaclaurin for you advise...


while installing the mold flow design link.exe (disabling windows installer service) it will install as an exe installs . if i enable the installer service then it will through autodesk inventor server 2012 and msxml to installer folder.. so as of my knowledge i need to create transforms for autodesk inventor server 2012 and msxml and remaining part repackager capture (am i right?)


is there is any E- book u suggest to reffer on packaging and windows installer
Answered 07/12/2011 by: hussainr
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See First of all u need to check wether the application is msi or legacy or may be only the prerequistes are msi's and rest of the application may be legacy. In your case i think the second one is happening.

Check C:\Windows\Installer(Be careful here) and the reg key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall for the source of the applications if u did not get them and also to check wether the particular app is msi or legacy.

And then if you find that prerequistes are msi's and rest is legacy, then install the prerequistes first and capture the rest of the application.

is there is any E- book u suggest to reffer on packaging and windows installer
VBSCab has given the answer for this already.
As a newcomer, before you do anything else, you should read Phil Wilson's excellent book, The Definitive Guide To Windows Installer. You'll struggle in this field unless you have a grasp of the fundamentals. You should also build some skills in VBScript, if you don't have any.


Thanks.
Answered 07/13/2011 by: naveen.packager
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there is also an equally good e-book by Darwin Sanoy coincidentally has the same title.
Answered 07/13/2011 by: jmcfadyen
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ORIGINAL: jmcfadyen

there is also an equally good e-book by Darwin Sanoy coincidentally has the same title.


And, moreover it's free. Check realtimepublishers.com for the download.
Answered 07/13/2011 by: SandeepPanat
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...as indeed is Mr Wilson's ouevre
Answered 07/14/2011 by: VBScab
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Wow! I (and probably many others) didn't know that.
Whenever I tried to google 'Phil Wilson', I'd always seen Amazon.com's shopping cart.
Thanks a lot for sharing the link, may be you can always point to this link whenever you suggest anyone to read it.
You just scored an extra. Thanks again.
Answered 07/14/2011 by: SandeepPanat
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there is also an equally good e-book by Darwin Sanoy coincidentally has the same title.

With all due respect for Sanoy & Moskowitz's book, personally I would not put his book on par with Phil Wilson's version. Where Phil's book offers a truely in depth coverage of Windows Installer technology, going into COM and running through the key tables in an MSI file, Sanoy & Moskowitz's Windows Installer Technology for System Administrators takes a much more tool-oriented (there's an affiliation with Wise Solutions) approach to the subject , with, in my personal opinion, less in-depth coverage.

That being said, a valid question to ask is if perhaps as a first read, the latter of the 2 might be more suited. Building up to Phil Wilson's oeuvre for those that want to go for the next level.

Just my 2c ofc

PJ
Answered 07/14/2011 by: pjgeutjens
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Thank u naveen.packager your solution looks very good... and i thank all of you for your answers... thanks for the help... as you said its a exe with msi pre reqs and i finished that package with no errors
Answered 07/14/2011 by: hussainr
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One more thing how can i find the path of the msi (pre req) in source ?
Answered 07/14/2011 by: hussainr
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Go to this registry

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
under that browse ur application and in that check for the source path key, in that u will find the path from where the application is installed.
Answered 07/14/2011 by: naveen.packager
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Tahnk you naveen.packager
Answered 07/17/2011 by: hussainr
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