This is probably a silly question, but...

Is there a way to generate a transform from the options selected in a graphical install?

For instance, can you do msiexec /somespecialoption, and then have a transform created for the options selected in the wizard?

If not, how do you figure out the various properties that should be set in Orca -- just by trial and error?

Thanks for the help, I'm very new at this!

Feel free to point me at any howtos/FAQs, I didn't discover any that were extremely helpful.
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Hi Ed,
there isn't the easy solution for that, which embraces all the needs.
First of all: If you got an option (in MSI-terms, a 'property') for the command line, you can put it directly into the property table with (or without) an MST by using ORCA.
To get the properties from dialogs, there are tools such as 'InstallTailor' from Wise which can capture (part of) the property changes during the dialog sequence.
But the best thing would be to learn to read the log files from MSI installs.
Download the Windows Installer SDK (which is part of the Platform SDK) and use a tool called 'WiLogUtl.exe' (from the SDK) to help reading the log files.
Hope this gives you some progress.
Regards, Nick
Answered 02/08/2007 by: nheim
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Thanks for the suggestion. I will definitely look into reading the log files!
Answered 02/08/2007 by: edmcman
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