I found Orca today and was fairly excited. I have a database background, so seeing installations in a db representation is helpful. Does anybody know if it is possible to open the Windows Installer db for a given .msi in MS Access?
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MSI files are COM structured storage files (like office files, OLE stuff). I believe the actual database format is custom, but I think it is based on the MS SQL Sever format. All in all I don't think there is an easy way to make MSAccess understand all of this.

Here is a blog which tells you more than you want to know:
http://blogs.msdn.com/robmen/archive/2003/11/25/56510.aspx
Answered 06/10/2004 by: Glytzhkof
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Me thinks the MSI structure reflects that of the JET Database design.
Answered 06/10/2004 by: cdupuis
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Thanks for the response and for the link. There are a number of helpful blogs there. If you know of any other links like this (i.e., links that help a beginner in the wonderful world of Windows Installer), I'd sure appreciate your sharing them with me!
Answered 06/11/2004 by: SourceAndBuggy
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