How to wrap MSI and MST in .exe?


I've received an application to re-package using Adminstudio 11.5.
It's a vendor MSI. I extracted that and created Transform( MST) for that and did all the changes in that MST.
I submitted MSI and MST.

Issue: client came back and informed that While deploying MSI along with MST Mcafee is not accepting it due to unknown reaons.

Why Mcafee is causing problem with MST?

They want me to wrap these MSI and MST into an exe, How to do that? 

I would like to know if I wrap these in an exe, will that get all the benifits of MSI like self heal, adverisement, repair, rollback?

Thankss in advance 

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Answers (3)

Posted by: dunnpy 9 years ago
Red Belt

The exe would just call the MSI+MST, in the same manner as running the MSI+MST without the exe would.

I can't see how that would resolve McAfee AV not liking the MSI+MST, as it would still be run, just with the exe calling the MSIEXEC command line instead of your deployment tool.

All of the MSI functionality would still be there too.

I would recommend getting a machine with McAfee and installing it yourself to see if you can work out what the issue is. It might be something to do with the scan engine and attempting to scan the MSI and failing.

Either way it would appear to be an AV issue, especially if your package works correctly without McAfee in the mix.


Hope that helps,


  • Thank you. But, could you please let me know how to create an EXE with MSI+MST in that. - vinodreddy10 9 years ago
Posted by: jagadeish 9 years ago
Red Belt

Do you have any uncompressed external files/folders along with MSI and MST

  • No other external files other than MSI and MST. - vinodreddy10 9 years ago
  • Your client has to provide more information on what is not accepted by Mcafee... - jagadeish 9 years ago
  • You should know what is causing the problem first. then only you can work on it and solve.. What is the gaurantee that it will work when you put them in a exe file.. On what basis you have concluded that it will work when you put them in a exe file.. - jagadeish 9 years ago
  • Oh, I just followed as they said. i'll ask them to provide more information. they said that MST is not accepted by mcafee. - vinodreddy10 9 years ago
Posted by: ms01ak 9 years ago
10th Degree Black Belt

What you want is a self extracting zip file. Here's a freebie one from 7zip



I also know that winzip makes a self extracting .exe program as well.


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