I have been packaging for 2 years now and have been getting by great, but I have a question hopefully someone could answer.
Is there a way to package everything into 1 MSI file? Everything I have packaged creates a .msi file and a "program files" folder and a "windows" folder etc... but I know vendor apps are able to squeeze everything into 1 .msi file. Is it a lot of extra work to do that? I would rather deal with 1 .msi file instead of the msi file and all the other folders that are in the "package folder"

Thanks in advance
-Mike
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Mike, you need to set the project to use 'Cabs inside'. If you're using one of the major authoring tools, this will be easy, as there will be a UI for it (e.g. in Wise, check the 'Media' link in the 'Release Definition' section). If you're editing the MSI directly, ensure that the 'Cabinet' column entry is prefixed with '#' and has a .CAB "extension", which indicates that the files should be embedded in the MSI.
Answered 05/02/2008 by: VBScab
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One thing to note is that it'll take longer to install app, with msi caching locally, then expanding and installing. NBD if they do "admin install" though :-)
Answered 05/02/2008 by: revizor
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Personally I prefer (in Wise Package Studio - Media ) to set it to One External Cab.
Answered 05/02/2008 by: Digitalweezil
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I am using WPS 6. So far the apps I just did today seem to work when only the MSI was copied locally to the pc "not needing the external folders"
I think that was what it was.

Thanks for the help
-Mike
Answered 05/02/2008 by: opusboy
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It seems to me that you are referring to the Source Files.
Probably have "Copy Source Files During Installation Save" selected etc.

Yes, then a Program Files and/or Windows folder will get created in the folder where you save your msi.
Those files are not needed when you deploy your msi.

Gizsha.
Answered 05/02/2008 by: gizsha
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Gizsha,

The option you're talking about is used when you want to be able to update, compile or work with the WSI project without having to have the application pre-installed before doing any of the above tasks.

The option Mike is after is to set the "Compression Option" to "Compress files inside .MSI" from the Media option in the "Installation Expert" view.
Answered 05/02/2008 by: AngelD
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