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AppDeploy Repackager with InstallShield

I am creating MSIs with AppDeploy repackager, but then if I try and edit them later with InstallShield Professional it cannot open them. Does anyone know why that would be the case?

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  • Apart from the installshield licences one is their is any free version to edit .msi file - @Imran9 4 years ago

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Posted by: rileyz 4 years ago
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Humm thats weird, Installshield should be able to open them fine. What kind of error are you getting? Can you open the MSI with Orca or InstEd?

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  • I can open and work on it fine with InstEd.
    The error message I get is just InstallShield cannot open xx.msi. Please contact Flexera support for more information, which I am doing aswell. Just wanted to see if anyone here had any experience with this error. - NickE 4 years ago
    • I would do a quick validation with InstEd to make sure the MSI is all ok. But I suspect Installshield might be bugging out.

      Never had that issue before, but I use IS Repackager instead of App Deploy Repack. - rileyz 4 years ago
Posted by: anonymous_9363 4 years ago
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IIRC, the AppDeploy Repackager is like InstEdit (and Orca, I think) in that it retains a lock on MSIs when it has them open. IS will not be able to open an MSI until it's closed within InstEdit.
Posted by: NickE 4 years ago
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Top Answer

Just to close this off for anyone that comes across it in the future. I ended up opening a case with Installshield, and they discovered the issue. Installshield requires that an MSI as the _Validation table in it, and the App Deploy MSI template does not include this table.
They provide me a copy of this table, which I can import into the MSI using InstEd and after that Installshield will open and work with the MSI fine.

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