setting msi event viewer entries

hi folks,
i am wondering is it possible to set information messages in event viewer to errors within the MSI?
For example i have an MSI which fails to install and it puts an information message in the event viewer Installation
Product: MyTest App 1.0.0 -- Installation operation failed.

is it posible to do this without the use of custom actions?

any info appreciated.

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Posted by: anonymous_9363 12 years ago
Red Belt
AFAIK, it isn't possible for the built-in Custom Actions to create events in the Event Viewer log. Self-authored CAs can, though, using the WScript.Shell's LogEvent method.

If you want a clearer idea of what happened during an installation, run it with a verbose log:

MSIExec /i [path_to_and_name_of_MSI] /L*V [path_to_and_name_of_log_file] [other_command_line_arguments]
Posted by: applereaper 12 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt

There is a way to get it to show in the event viewer but it is messy. You create a custom action inside the installer which will call a script to write to the event viewer. You just have to make sure that your script can't fail else it can stop the install.
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