Wednesday, 05 September 2007

How to extract the contents of MSI files

There are multiple utilities you can use to extract the data contained within MSI files. You can, however, do it straight from the command line. Here's how:

- Click Start -> Run (This brings the Run dialog box)
- In the Run dialog box type cmd and press Enter (This launches the Command Prompt)
- Use the following command to perform the extraction:

msiexec /a filepath to MSI file /qb TARGETDIR=filepath to target folder

Replace filepath with the path of the MSI file.
Replace filepath to target folder with the path of the folder you want the files to be extracted to

Example: msiexec /a c:\filetest.msi /qb TARGETDIR=c:\test

- Press Enter and you're done. The files within the MSI installer will be extracted to the folder you specified.

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