Extracting msi from Java 6 Update 11

I just picked up the new jre6u11 and am unable to use winrar to extract the install files like I used too. Running the install does not help either as once you get to the point of being able to see the install files you cannot 'pause' the install to copy them. the install goes so fast that I barely have enough time to see the files.

Anyone have any clues???

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Posted by: rtlinux 14 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
Thanks but I have tried that already to no avail. The msi that shows up is a mere 1.5 MB and then the install bails because it can't find Data1.cab. The folks at Sun have really changed the game. Those turkeys!


For some reason I had my profile open to app data and looked in the sun folder and dug a little deeper to find the msi and data1.cab file! I cleaned the systems and ran the msi from my server and it worked like a charm! Hot dog now I can tweak the install.

To find the install for tweaking:
1. Run the exe, that is it, do not click accept!
2. look in %APPDATA%\Sun\Java\jre1.6.0_11
3. Copy the files to where ever.
4. Cancel the install
5. run the newly discovered msi.
6. Test Java
7. Enjoy!

  • This is confirmed to work very well with JRE 6u39 and JRE 7u13 as well now. HOT DAWG!

    Found the files under C:\Users\tostep\AppData\LocalLow\Sun\Java - tostep 10 years ago
Posted by: aogilmor 14 years ago
9th Degree Black Belt
look in %temp% just before the start installation dialog - there should be an MSI in there.

Also, with some java installs, doing <install exe name> /admin will extract the MSI to an admin install point.

It's not standard MSI install, FYI. Look deep into it and you'll see that the files are actually "installed" using some extraction custom actions later in the InstallExecuteSequence.
Posted by: imaappdeployer 11 years ago
Yellow Belt
THANKS for the update rtlinux! Your instructions just helped me with version 6 update 29.
Posted by: rlinhartpdx 11 years ago
Orange Belt
Just a point of clarification, I couldn't find the .msi in %APPDATA% at first. That is when I remembered I had to elevate with an admin account. Looking in that user's %APPDATA% turned up the .msi files.
Posted by: skt 11 years ago
Orange Senior Belt
Create log file for the *.exe and analyze the log file you will get msi location.
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