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Getting Started

EMCO MSI Package Builder is an MSI packaging tool that allows you to repackage non-silent installations into silent MSI packages and create custom silent installations quickly and easily. The application uses a unique repackaging technology that allows converting almost any non-silent installation into a silent MSI to enable its automatic deployment using Group Policy or other software distribution tools. The same technology can be used for automatic creation of customized MSI packages.

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Using EMCO MSI Package Builder, you can benefit from the following features that are demonstrated in the course of this tutorial.

Multiple MSI packaging methods. Depending on the project, you can use one of the provided packaging methods that is suitable for that project. You can convert non-silent installations into a silent MSI automatically using Live Monitoring. In the specific cases, when Live Monitoring cannot be used, you can wrap installations into an MSI package if those installations can be deployed silently.
Best-in-class repackaging technology. The application allows you to repackage a non-silent installation of any complexity into a silent MSI package. The application supports repackaging of installations that perform complex changes such as modifying file system and registry permissions, installing Windows services and drivers, changing Windows environment variables, etc.
Automatic MSI creation. The application allows you to repackage EXE to MSI automatically: you just need to go through the deployment steps of the original EXE installation, and the application will capture all the performed changes on the fly and generate an MSI for you. You can also use the Live Monitoring technology to monitor any activity on a PC and generate an MSI reproducing the captured changes.
Easy MSI customization. Having created an MSI package, you can edit it, if required. You can have an access to all captured changes to modify them or add additional changes. You can also configure the MSI package to execute any scripts or executable files before and after the MSI installation.

In the following chapters, you will learn about the different MSI packaging methods offered by the application and will see how to use them in practice. In addition, you will get a brief overview of the installation repackaging internals and best practices. Finally, you will learn how to test generated MSI packages and how to troubleshoot MSI packaging problems.

What's inside

Getting to Know the Application Interface

Overview of MSI Creation Methods

How Installation Repackaging Works

Overview of Repackaging Best Practices

Demo: Repackage EXE to MSI Using Monitoring

Demo: Create Customized Installations Using Monitoring

Demo: Repackage Silent Installations Using Wrapping

Installation Project Editing and Customizing

MSI Packages Testing and Troubleshooting