How to find CompressedProductCode

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On this page in the first post sglenden is referring <CompressedProductCode>.

I have noticed that this is not a product Code, UpgradeCode or package code. Its something totally different. What's that GUID known as ? I can only see this GUID after installing the application.

How do I find this code even before I install the application.

Basically I want to overwrite the referenced registry on first installation so self healing or active setup will look for the msi at different location and not from where it was originally installed.

If anybody ccan help me that would be very great.

some solution about this will make my life very easy.


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Posted by: Robb Thomas 16 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
I have never really heard of or seen any "COMPRESSED" values. The only thing I see are hacked up and/or butchered values in the MSI installers' registry. Ok, I'll give you the pointers to where MSI is storing this stuff. We will start by examining Office 2003 ProductCodes and Package Codes.

For Office 2003 SR0, Opening PRO11.MSI and looking the summary table, you'll find:

Package Code = {6102E382-135B-4261-BA67-F6F09B6A6483} Office 2003 SR0 PRO11.MSI

Now look at the Propterties table you'll find:

ProductCode = {90110409-6000-11D3-8CFE-0150048383C9} Office 2003 SR0 PRO11.MSI

The product code is used to identify the product. You can have Office 2003 SR1 installed on your desktop, but you cannot autoheal from your Office 2003 SR1 because you've been installed using SR0 and then upgraded. You see in order for AUTOHEAL to work with a package, it is the "Package Codes" that must match.

Now lets look at how this ProductCode is stored in the MSI's installers REGISTRY .

Now head on over to Regedit, and open up the registry:


Under the Products heirachy, you'll see that the key is really the product code all butchered up by microsoft, leemme show you.

Taking the ProductCode as it appears in the PRO11.MSI
{90110409-6000-11D3 - 8C FE-01 50 04 83 83 C9}
reverse each piece - Reverse each byte
{90401109-0006-3D11 - C8 EF-10 50 40 38 83 9C

Putting it all together without any spaces or -'s we get:


Comparing the above with the value with the MSI registry key we see they are the same:


Yeah, it would have been nice if Microsoft didn't 'butcher' the ID's up, oh well.

So now lets look at how the MSI engine has stored the PackageCode in the registry.

Now when you look in the above registry key, you'll find a value...

PackageCode = 283E2016B5311624AB766F0FB9A64638

Again, hashing the bits of {6102E382-135B-4261-BA67-F6F09B6A6483}

{6102E382-135B-4261 - BA67-F6F09B6A6483}
{283E2016-B531-1642 - AB76-6F0FB9A64638

Comparing again with what is stored in the registry value:

xxxxxxxxxxxx = 283E2016B5311642AB766F0FB9A64638
PackageCode = 283E2016B5311624AB766F0FB9A64638

Yup, another microsoft butchered up value.

So the ProductCode, and PackageCode stored in the MSI file must match the ProductCode and PackageCode stored in the MSI Installer's registry keys in order for autohealing to work.

So where does the MSI engine go to heal the package? Simply look at the sourcelist.


After locating all this, I was able to build an autoheal point mover script.

Understand that you can't simply edit the sourcelist keys without comparing the PackageCode's first.

I'm not sure if this will help you out, but figure the information would be 'technically' interesting for others with autoheal issues.

----- Robb -----
Posted by: theChad 13 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
An AutoIt 3 function for the translation:

This will work with or without the braces.

[font="courier new"]
#include <string.au3>
Dim $PC = "{FE2F6A2C-196E-4210-9C04-2B1BC21F07EF}" ;an example
MsgBox(0, "Translate Product Code", $PC & @LF & StringReplace($PC, "-", "", 99) & @LF & _TranslateMSIProductCode($PC), 60) ;a test

Func _TranslateMSIProductCode($ProductCode)
;translates a MSI ProductCode to HKCR\Installer\Products\<TranslatedProductCode>
Local $i, $PC = StringReplace(StringReplace($ProductCode, "}", ""), "{", "")
If StringLen($PC) <> 36 Then
Return $ProductCode
Local $TPC = _StringReverse(StringMid($PC, 1, 8))
$TPC = $TPC & _StringReverse(StringMid($PC, 10, 4))
$TPC = $TPC & _StringReverse(StringMid($PC, 15, 4))
$TPC = $TPC & _StringReverse(StringMid($PC, 20, 2))
$TPC = $TPC & _StringReverse(StringMid($PC, 22, 2))
For $i=25 To 35 Step 2
$TPC = $TPC & _StringReverse(StringMid($PC, $i, 2))
Return $TPC
Posted by: AngelD 13 years ago
Rating comments in this legacy AppDeploy message board thread won't reorder them,
so that the conversation will remain readable.

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