How to Extract Content from MSI Files

1. Vista only: First, access an elevated command prompt, to do this:

  • Click the Start button.
  • Click All Programs.
  • Go into Accessories.
  • Right-click on Command Prompt.
  • Select Run as administrator.
  • When the UAC Prompt appears, click Continue.

2. Once you have your elevated command prompt, input the following:

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

using the desired locations to fill the above mentioned filepaths (YES, you MUST enter full paths)

msiexec /a c:\testfile.msi /qb TARGETDIR=c:\temp\test)

Press the Enter button on your keyboard.

Source: Vista: How to Extract Content from MSI Files


One Response to “How to Extract Content from MSI Files”

  1. Dave King Says:

    Correct, but all launch conditions must be met for this to work even though you’re not installing the MSI. i.e. if the MSI looks for a certain product to be installed first then this product must be installed for this method of extraction to work too…

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