The MSI files are essentially databases of information used by the Windows Installer to install the files and setup a system. The executable to use is "msiexec.exe" and any appropriate command line switches. In general, if you double click on an MSI file, Windows launches msiexec with the /i install option (e.g. "msiexec /i mts178_2000xp.msi").
For some basic, frequently asked for options, here are a few that can be used with the standard IMG MSI install files (these switches are not case sensitive):
In these examples, the msi file should be replaced with the msi file you want to operate on…
msiexec /i mts178_2000xp.msi
This installs My-T-Soft 1.78 (using the user interface)
msiexec /qn /i mts178_2000xp.msi
This silently installs My-T-Soft 1.78 (with NO user interface)
msiexec /qn /x mts178_2000xp.msi
This silently un-installs My-T-Soft 1.78 (with NO user interface)
msiexec /a mts178_2000xp.msi /qn TARGETDIR="C:\Documents and Settings\Full User\Desktop\Test"
This silently installs My-T-Soft 1.78 (with NO user interface) to a different target directory (for testing, etc.)
Further notes on command line switches:
/a = Administrative install - allows use of TARGETDIR override
/i = standard install
/x = standard un-install
/q? = user interface options
/qn = Displays no user interface.
/qb = Displays a basic user interface.
/qr = Displays a reduced user interface with a modal dialog box displayed at the end of the installation.
/qf = Displays the full user interface with a modal dialog box displayed at the end.
/qn+ = Displays no user interface, except for a modal dialog box displayed at the end.
/qb+ = Displays a basic user interface with a modal dialog box displayed at the end.
/qb- = Displays a basic user interface with no modal dialog boxes.
For further info on msiexec.exe, refer to Microsoft's documentation.
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