Why cant all repackaging/applying MST's be simple?

Im now trying to apply a transform to MS Porj Pro 2k3...when I use WPS6 Workbench/Proj to create a transform...it bonks out after putting in the serial number. A dialogue comes up and states that it completed successfully, creating an MST and shortcut, however neither are created.

Now the rub. I create a MST manually...I go into my Setup Editor, the Product => Properties to input the serial under the property ProductID...save and compile my transform, create the shortcut manually, then run it. The install starts then craps out saying that the key is incorrect.

Am I inputing the key incorrectly, I just put it in as one long string...assuming that no other characters are needed (minus spaces obv).


Also note there is a PIDTemplate of the following, note that the last the tilde in the last octet has 6 spaces as opposed to 5.


Any help is appreciated.
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Normally Serial's / CD Keys for M$ products have no delimiters ... so if the key is A7877-FDSCA, you would input A7877FDSCA

Log a manual installation and then search for the first 5 characters of the cd Key -- this will tell you if the property you are setting is correct and the format that should be used...

Good luck
Answered 08/08/2006 by: gmorgan618
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Well I am not using the spaces, it's one long string, again without spaces. The PIDTemplate doesnt look right to me the last octet has allowance for 6 spaces. Even after editting the PIDTemplate it will still error out.

If I try to Debug via WPS, Debugger.exe crashes with error: Get Info: Incorrect Data Type.

What I ended up doing was use ORK to create the MST (which cannot be editted by WSP (newb info [:)])) then just threw in the keys that I needed to make the appropriate end results.
Answered 08/08/2006 by: sizemore
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Could it be that you need another tool?
I'd recommend to use the Microsoft Office 2003 Resource Kit to create a MST file for Office applications.
Download it here.

Hope this helps

Answered 08/09/2006 by: rpfenninger
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Roger that RPF, that's what I ended up doing for this project, so much quicker and cleaner using ORK as well.

Thanks for looking out.
Answered 08/09/2006 by: sizemore
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