New Version of MSI File Extraction & Viewer Utility

I have finally updated my "Less MSIérables" utility (aka "lessmsi") with all of the features suggested by the users of the tool including fixes for the bugs noted. It is probably about a googol times more interesting than it used to be since it now extracts files and maintains their target directory structure just as if they were installed from the msi setup/installation file. There are a couple other things added including the select/unselect all buttons and a new summary tab. Some new screen shots just to wet your taste buds:

Less MSIérables New MSI File Extraction Screenshot
Note the Directory column. This is the directory that the file will be extracted to

Less MSIérables New MSI File Extraction Screenshot
The new summary screen

If you find this utility useful in anyway, I'd love it if you comment below just to let me know.

Download the program and source code here!

posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2005 2:21 AM

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# Less MSI

Left by overflow at 11/16/2005 2:35 AM

# Less MSI

Left by overflow at 11/16/2005 2:36 AM

# re: Posted to the SMS email discussion list...

Left by Rod Trent at myITforum.com at 11/16/2005 2:39 AM

# re: New Version of MSI File Extraction & Viewer Utility

Left by Tom Bruinsma at 2/7/2006 11:03 AM

I have been looking for something like this for a while. This will save me countless hours! Thank you!!!!

# re: New Version of MSI File Extraction & Viewer Utility

Left by Richard Bodman at 2/8/2006 8:45 AM

Just trying to download the software

# re: New Version of MSI File Extraction & Viewer Utility

Left by Scott Willeke at 2/11/2006 11:12 AM

Did you have a problem with the link that says "Download the program and source code here!"?

# re: New Version of MSI File Extraction & Viewer Utility

Left by WouldLikeMore at 3/13/2006 2:49 PM

Hi,

I have downloaded this new release and when i am running the .exe inside, i am still having an interface similar to the previous release (missing the summary tab). The interface also looks like the previous one. I have tried to compile with the build batch file, but it changed nothing.

I am on Microsoft.NET Framework v1.1.4322

Please help!
Thanks for this great tool

Here is the link i have used http://blogs.pingpoet.com/overflow/pubfiles/lessmsierables-20051104.zip

# re: New Version of MSI File Extraction & Viewer Utility

Left by Scott Willeke at 3/15/2006 9:37 PM

Bummer, I just had a build that was slightly older in that zip. The latest is at the following location (I updated the link in the post also. Sorry for the confusion.
http://blogs.pingpoet.com/overflow/pubfiles/lessmsierables-20051110.zip

# re: Less MSI

Left by overflow at 3/16/2006 4:53 AM

# re: New Version of MSI File Extraction & Viewer Utility

Left by xpclient at 3/17/2006 12:44 PM

Please please please please add MSP files support. You can find Windows installer patch files (MSP files) in any Office update or SP released by MS.

# re: New Version of MSI File Extraction & Viewer Utility

Left by Michael Okshtein at 3/22/2006 11:35 AM

Thank you very much. Excellent tool!

# re: New Version of MSI File Extraction & Viewer Utility

Left by William at 3/22/2006 7:50 PM

Thanks!

This looks like just what I've been looking for. Unfortunately I think there's an issue with Micro$oft's so-called web setup, or with ini files.

I am trying to determine if the MSVC SDK has a corrupt cabinet file. The lessMSI program doesn't let me point to a different INI file or I can't find out how to set up different parameters. Is that possible?

I get the same issue from the gui version or the command line with "-x" option.

In other situations it looks just the ticket. Well done.

Cheers,
William

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email: william.full.moon@gmail.com

# re: New Version of MSI File Extraction & Viewer Utility

Left by mario at 3/23/2006 12:13 AM

quick question... why did you make this a console app that opens a form? I modifed your version for my own use to use open up as an app without the console window popping up for a sec, and it seems to run fine. plz let me know what i killed by doing this.

mario

# re: New Version of MSI File Extraction & Viewer Utility

Left by Fran at 3/24/2006 1:53 AM

Very nice :-) Should be useful in my line of work

# re: New Version of MSI File Extraction & Viewer Utility

Left by Simone Busoli at 3/25/2006 1:01 PM

Hi Scott, this is a nice app.

Just wanted to report a small issue. In the Extract Files tab all the files of the opened .msi are by default checked, but if you go straigth to the Export Button nothing happens, because in the corresponding event handler you checked for the selection of items, not if they were checked or not. Selection means that they are blue, to make it simple, not that they are checked.

Just replace the lines

<code>
if (this.fileList.SelectedItems.Count == 0)
return;
</code>

with

<code>
if (this.fileList.CheckedItems.Count == 0)
return;
</code>

Thanks again for your work.

# re: New Version of MSI File Extraction & Viewer Utility

Left by RM at 3/26/2006 12:15 PM

This works great! However, many of the machines I use don't have .NET for one reason or another. Is there a way I can use this by putting the .NET dlls in the same dir as the .exe? I've tried but it still doesn't work and still tells me to install it so maybe I'm missing something or some regkeys. I don't know how .NET works but

how can I get it to run without .NET?

your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
THANKYOU!!

# re: New Version of MSI File Extraction & Viewer Utility

Left by Ian at 3/27/2006 9:28 AM

MSP's - I agree - that would be really useful....

# re: New Version of MSI File Extraction & Viewer Utility

Left by Diego at 4/2/2006 12:33 PM

Hi, just a bit confusion. From the link:
http://blogs.pingpoet.com/overflow/pubfiles/lessmsierables-20051110.zip

I still get a console application either in binary or from the C# source.

I cannot get the WinForm application GUI.

Why?

Thanks.

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