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If you do decide to repackage the 8.x client into .msi format, pay particular attention to ODBC components. eWall gives some very valuable tips on this page. This and some threads here at AppDeploy led me to discover that my delta with Wise Package Studio did not capture a necessary addition to the [Path] environmental variable. The package compiled fine and seemed clear of major errors, but would not finishing installing during testing. It would stall near the end as it would attempt to install the ODBC components. Manually adding "C:\oracle\ora81\bin" to the end of the [Path] variable using Windows Installer Editor resolved the issue. Without this, the package does not know where to find sqora32.dll and sqoras32.dll
Installing 11g Patchset 1 resulted in a "failed to execute preCopy script" error in the Install Actions log. Got around this by adding -suppressPreCopyScript to the command line when installing the patch.