Friday, 01 July 2011

How to Extract Content/Data from MSI Files in Windows 7/Vista

While there are plenty of utilities available to extract the contents of an MSI file, you can easily do it straight from the command line without using third party software. The method below works for both Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

- Click Start >> All Programs >> Accessories

- Right-click on Command Prompt

- Select Run as administrator (If the UAC Prompt appears, click Continue)

Once you have your elevated command prompt, type the following:

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

using the desired locations to fill the above mentioned filepaths.
Example: msiexec /a c:\testfile.msi /qb TARGETDIR=c:\temp\test

- Press the Enter button on your keyboard (If you have entered the command correctly, the data/files stored in the MSI file will be extracted)

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