Software Deployment Question

how to create single setup.exe in InstallSheild 2011

01/05/2012 6950 views
Hi Folks,
I have msi file which is not created in installshield. I have created mst file and did some changes in that. I can run msi adn mst file using batch file command "msiexec /i .msi TRANSFORMS=.mst"
Now i and to create single setup.exe which includes both msi and mst file.
When user clicks on setup.exe, this exe will extract the file into temp folder and start installation for msi using mst file.
I have read somewhere on internet that, we can do this using installshield wrapper project and includes both msi and mst file and using custom action we can run this msi and mst file.
I tried to implement this but i face below issues.
1. I can not run both installation in parallel as windows limitation (one for wrapper project and other for my msi and mst file)
2. Add remove program entry is coming for wrapper project.

Please suggest me how we can do using installshield.
Anything steps, pointer guideline will be helful...

Thanks in Advance.

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You should not create an MSI-based wrapper for this since, as you've discovered, WI can only run one installation at a time.

My IS is a little rusty but I believe you need to create a 'Single EXE' project type. You could always throw caution to the wind and read the documentation or press 'F1'.
Answered 01/06/2012 by: VBScab
Red Belt

You could always use a scripting language such as VB or AutoIT to encompass your msi/mst and perform whatever else you wanted to do.
Answered 01/06/2012 by: pmarshbu
Orange Belt

You may develop InstallScript project which gives output as setup.exe and include the logic of installing the app using MSI & MST.
Answered 01/06/2012 by: mekaywe
Brown Belt

I tried with creating new installshield project and adding msi and mst file. and using custom action launch added msi and mst file but. this approach fails as windows os is not allowing multiple installation.

Answered 01/09/2012 by: mprashant
Yellow Belt

I have read about "Chained .msi Packages" which I believe is a feature in InstallShield starting from Version 2010. This might help you,


Answered 01/12/2012 by: karthikeyanayyavu
Yellow Belt

Pity you didn't read further. It's nothing to with IS specifically but with Windows Installer. The chained MSI feature began with v4.5.
Answered 01/13/2012 by: VBScab
Red Belt

Winzip can create self extracting exe's to do exactly what you are looking for and is easy enough to use. If you want something free, look into iexpress (comes free with all Windows OS's), although not as robust as Winzip.
Answered 01/13/2012 by: jmaclaurin
Third Degree Blue Belt

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