04/07/2004 2496 views
I don't know if this can be done or not - and through my trial (and error) so far it doesn't seem that it can - however I must ask.

We deployed an application using an msi with a transform to one office. It's now been decided that there needs to be some changes made to some settings (icons and a few registry keys). It's not a problem to do this for installations in the future, however, is it possible to repair or reinstall an application with an updated transform so that the changes made to the transform come down on an existing installation?

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You will have to uninstall the original application first and then reinstall with the new transform in place.

How are you deploying it?
Answered 04/07/2004 by: MSIMaker
Second Degree Black Belt

We are using SMS to deploy.
Answered 04/09/2004 by: mkastner
Senior Yellow Belt

Is there a tool that will allow me to see what dlls and files are included for installation in an msi?
Answered 04/09/2004 by: Jim Durbin
Yellow Belt

Microsoft's ORCA will allow you to do so.

You can get download info, etc, at this link:


There are also some other free repackagers listed under the tools section of this site that will do the same.

craig --<>.
Answered 04/09/2004 by: craig16229
Third Degree Brown Belt

You can also write a VBScript to export the file list if you want to work with the data.

A quick Google found this one prepared earlier: http://www.serverwatch.com/tutorials/article.php/1548261
Answered 04/15/2004 by: mrtap
Senior Yellow Belt

SMS creates an uninstall script at the same time as it installs......you can use that to remove the original app and then apply the new SMS installation for all users.

You will have to create an IF found statement in your ipf file to help unload the old app first.
Answered 04/19/2004 by: MSIMaker
Second Degree Black Belt