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How to add a File into MSI without using VS IDE?

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 14:09


I have already know how to use ORCA to add a custom action DLL to a Windows Installer setup.

Now I want to know is there a possible way to add a File(.txt, .dll,....etc) into MSI File directly without using VS IDE?.

Note: use ORCA acceptable!


Stefan Krueger

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 22:10

There are two things involced. First, and always required, is adding a row to the File table. Second, only if your application files are stored inside the msi file: not possible with Orca. Application files can be stored uncompressed or compressed into CABs. And these CABs can then be embedded in the .msi file. An .msi file is a COM structured storage and the CABs can be stored in a stream in it (the msi database is in a different stream). So you would have to: extract the CAB from the msi file, add the file (be careful with the sequence) and then re-embed the CAB in the msi. I believe therre's a tool for the latter in the Platform SDK.

Gareth at Serif

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 16:56

And if your file has no version number (txt, jpg, etc.) then you need to add a row to the MsiFileHash table too.