I need to repackage MS Visual Fox Pro to remove some dialog boxes. I would to end up with only 3 screens. The first being the EULA, second being the progress indicator for the install, and finally a finish button confirming the install. This would simplify our documentation and make life so much easier for our office clerks who need to update their computers.

We're inatalling: VFPOLEDBSetup.msi
From: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=E1A87D8F-2D58-491F-A0FA-95A3289C5FD4&displaylang=en#filelist

I need to distribute this app through EMail. So command line options aren't very helpful for this application.

So my question is how can I accomplish this? I have very little experience repackaging applications. But I do have access to the Novell AdminStudio that's a part of ZENWorks and Orca if that helps.
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I kind of made something work. I used the Tuner in AdminStudio to edit the dialog screens, unchecking the ones that I didn't need. The nice thing about the tuner is that it let me preview the Dialog window for the install. With enough experience, I probably could have used Orca (Free from MicroSoft) to do something similar. Tuner helped me create an MST. Then I used WinZip and Zipped the MSI with the MST. And finally used WinZip Self Extractor to make a new executable that will unzip the two files to a temp folder, then call the command for the MSI and MST to work together. There has to be a better way!

I'm curious how others would have worked around this problem.
Answered 08/21/2008 by: 9Nails
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actually you went about it the right way. It is best practice not to directly edit a vendor MSI but to use a transform to make any changes that you may need. as you say, it is possible to use ORCA to achieve the same result, but why drive an Uno, when you have a jaguar in your garage?
Answered 08/21/2008 by: kiptek
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