How to extract msi file

This short article shows you a tool to retrieve msi content.

A lot of replies in forums will tell you msi will run to install itself when you double click it. But what if the msi check for unnecessary requirement like this one


Are you going to install Windows XP and run this again?

So I was searching it further then I got this command. Well it run but could not find any file after that.

msiexec /a DotNetDevTrainingSetup.msi /qb TARGETDIR=c:\temp\dotnettrainingsetup

Luckily I found a tool calls lessmsi, This tool works. I have extracted all the folders and files in proper structure.

About chanmingman

Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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