10/31/2006 3289 views
Hello all,

I'm currently working with a test environment with group policy for my organization. I'm currently testing software installations using msi files. The software that I'm testing is voloview which is a drawing viewr. The package of voloview came with an MSI file which I'm using. I setup the share with permissions in place to grab the msi file. When I log on to the test laptop and I go into the add and remove programs. I can see that voloview comes up as an "add" option. Aftewr clicking on add the software begins to install, it allows me to enter the product key code. But finally I recieve the followig error.

Autodesk voliview requires Microsoft internet explorer version 5.0.1 or greater.

Please attempt installation of autodesk voloview 3.0 after installing the above internet explorer.

I installed a new OS windows xp SP2 onto this laptop. Plus I tried installing 7.0. I get the same error. Please advise.

Can someone recommend some software to create my own msi files. Something that provides good documentation for me to learn.

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I suspect the MSI has an Install Condition built into it. Open it up with Orca (a (free?) MSI viewer/editor) and look at the LAUNCH CONDITION table, you might see something there.

Also, you should use a tool like Macrovision's AdminStudio application, "Tuner", or Wise's competing product (unsure of name) to create a transform (MST) for Autodesk's Voloview MSI - you shouldn't directly edit their MSI. In your transform you can get rid of the LAUNCHCONDITION and/or make any other changes you might want, like adding a serial number. Then you can add the MSI and MST together to the GPO (you can only do this when you first add the MSI to the GPO - you wont be able to add the MST to the MSI you already have attached to that GPO.)

re: software for creating and editing MSIs. I recommend Macrovision's AdminStudio which includes 3 key tools: InstallShield Editor, Tuner and Repackager. However, Macrovision's major competitor is Wise, and while I haven't used their tools I suspect they're just as good or better because it seems to me about half of the packaging community uses their products.
I also recommend Orca for it's ability to very quickly open up an MSI and make changes.
Answered 10/31/2006 by: fosteky
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Check if there is any of the sql merge module included, if I recall there is one with a bug not reporting correct version of IE.
Answered 10/31/2006 by: AngelD
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I would like to thank both fosteky and angelid for your response. I will look into both and reply back with what I found.

Thanks again!
Answered 11/01/2006 by: arrasmith007
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