Hi.

We gonna distribute Microsofts FileFormatConverters.exe on all ours computers.
I am using microsofts .exe file from there website. My testinstallations are running good. But when I want to to a Uninstall my problems starts.
I dont know witch switches/commands I will have to use.
When I write /? I only get this list to choose from:
/extract
/log
/lang
/quiet - This one I use for the installation
/passive
/norestart
/forcerestart
/?
Can someone please give me a hint?
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I think u can :

/Uninst -s
/Uninstall /Silent
/Uninstallx
Answered 03/18/2008 by: sourav
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Hi,

Have u tried running /quiet again. Install the exe and run /quiet again.
Can u give me a link to download this exe so that i can try it on my PC.
Answered 03/18/2008 by: akhlaque
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sourav: It dosent work [:(]

akhlaque: Here is the link to download the file.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&displaylang=en

Thank you !!!
Answered 03/18/2008 by: aXz
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Here we go!!

this is the commandline to uninstall silently:

msiexec /X{90120000-0020-0409-0000-0000000FF1CE} /qn

U can even find this product code if u go to the following registry location:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Uninstall\{90120000.......

Actually this setup has an embedded msi..[:)]
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Answered 03/18/2008 by: akhlaque
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Thanks! Its works fine!

But why does MS release a .exe?
And how do I see that its a embedded msi when i get a .exe file on my hands in the future
Answered 03/19/2008 by: aXz
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Ok this is off topic ..

but remember that by installing this extension you need to maintain security patching for the components you add. Right now the latest patches seem to be included (FileFormatConverters.exe is listed as version 3) but if (when) any future patches are released you will need to address this.

Must admit I realized this myself only when pointing one of my non-wsus clients directly to Windows Update and saw several Office 2007 patches coming in ..
Answered 03/19/2008 by: jib
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I dont think there is any particular way by which u can find that an exe is having an embedded msi...
this something u can detect from the look n feel of the GUI while installing the setup for example if u see a progress bar similar to the one in a msi installation...ucan always check the process and see if there is any msiexec process running... one more would be to clear %temp%, launch the setup and go back %temp% folder and check if the setup has extracted any msi in the temp folder...

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Answered 03/19/2008 by: akhlaque
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ORIGINAL: aXz
But why does MS release a .exe?

- Because users are used to running EXEs? How would they know what to do with an MSI?
- Because the .MSI extension *could* have become unassocaited with MSIExec, resulting in an error when double-clicking the MSI? Unlikely, but...if you've done any job connected with users and computers for any length of time, you'll know what I mean. Assume NOTHING! :)
Answered 03/19/2008 by: VBScab
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Hello jib.

Yeah... I saw that Win Update want to install a Security update after the software was installed.


Thansk!
Answered 03/19/2008 by: aXz
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ORIGINAL: VBScab

ORIGINAL: aXz
But why does MS release a .exe?

- Because users are used to running EXEs? How would they know what to do with an MSI?
- Because the .MSI extension *could* have become unassocaited with MSIExec, resulting in an error when double-clicking the MSI? Unlikely, but...if you've done any job connected with users and computers for any length of time, you'll know what I mean. Assume NOTHING! :)



To me this package seems more like an software for the local IT department to handle then the own enduser.
And the home user that dont know thay can install an MSI probably dont even know about Microsofts Compatibility Pack [8D]
But I can understand what you mean.
Anyway.... The software is now successfully installed on 373 computers in the office, thanks to you guys! [:D]
Answered 03/20/2008 by: aXz
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