Question: install a MSI but do not install any files, registry, shortcuts etc.

I have a scenario that where I need to install (or advertise) a MSI but not install any files, registry, shortcuts, etc. Is that possible?

If the user needs to fix the application it will repair (msiexec /f pecums)

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Posted by: jebodis 13 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt

remove what you want to remove and save the project as an .mst transform file. (Do not save the changes on the msi itself !!)
Than you can install the msi and the mst with msiexec /i msi TRANSFORM=mst-list.
Posted by: turbokitty 13 years ago
6th Degree Black Belt
Sure it's possible, but why? ;)
Posted by: staples 13 years ago
Senior Purple Belt
To speed up deployment.... honest.

The apps are already deployed as proprietary snapshots. We are simply going to abandon (not uninstall) the apps. and then deploy a stripped down msi. If a user has a problem with the app they will "repair" the app which will do a full install (msiexec /fpecums).

This will speed up deployment of the 1500+ apps to convert from 2 years (full regression tested) to 3 months.
Posted by: turbokitty 13 years ago
6th Degree Black Belt
Am I missing something here? Your repair won't do anything if the MSI didn't deploy the files/keys.
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