CREATE SILENT MSI PACKAGE FROM ACROBAT READER AND GOOGLE CHROME SETUP (EXE)
How to convert existing setup exe to a silent msi installation package
In this „how to“ guide we will demonstrate how you can convert any existing setup (exe) installations into a fully working silent msi package ready
for distribution across your LAN/Network.
EXE to MSI Repackaging best practice, create your first Windows installer msi packages that uses the Microsoft standards and technology
for MSI creation. All MSI packages created with ZOLA software are fully compatible with GPO, and all third party installers tools on the market today!.
Before continue please make sure you have downloaded our ZOLA MSI Repackager product from our website to get the latest version available
and install it under administrator rights.
Lets move forward and repackage a software called Acrobat Reader installation setup to a fully working Windows installer MSI package that will
be ready for distribution across your network.
To start repackaging we first need to create a first snapshot of the file and registry system before we download and install Acrobat Reader
software. Click on the „Project Management“ > „Create New Project“ and select the „Based on System Snapshot (Before/After).
From the „Snapshot - [Files and Registry]“ dialog you can tweak many settings offered for the repackaging process, I recommend to keep it
default for a successfull monitoring. Next click on the „Create First Snapshot“ to execute the first snapshot.
The program is now initializing the first snapshot, taking full snapshot of all file and registry systems.
Note: Our snapshot module is very powerful and will even crawl the service and driver management systems, this allows you to repackage very
complex softwares like „Anti Virus“ programs and other programs that require services or drivers installations. Our snapshot module can
even create msi packages from a installation that requires a reboot to finalize their settings.
First snapshot of all file and registry systems is now completed successfully, and next step is to download latest version of Acrobat Reader
software from Abobe website. After the download you can install it with your settings and it will be included into the generated msi package.
Downloading Acrobat Reader setup from Abobe.com website.
Lets check to download and install Google Chrome and Google toolbar as well.
Downloading and installing Acrobat Reader, Google Chrome and Google toolbar in progress.
Now software has been downloaded and installed successfully. To finalize and configure the software click next on the „Finish“ button.
Acrobat Reader and Google Chrome and tool basr has now beedn configured correctly and all modified settings will now be captured during the second snapshot.
Now when we have installed and configure the software downloaded correctly and we are happy with the results we need to create a second
snapshot to compare with the first snapshot. Switch to the MSI Repackager product and click „Compare Changes“ to continue.
Creating second snapshot in progress, note: this task can take up to several minutes to complete as the program needs to re-scan your entire file
and registry system then compare it with the first snapshot afterwards.
Creating second snapshot completed, to view your monitored items click next on the „Show Results“.
Your monitored results of all file and registry activity during the installation of Acrobat Reader and Google Chrome + toolbar. Before continue
please make sure you are satisfied with the results and then click „Save Project“ button to continue.
Note: You can add, edit or delete any items monitored in the „Project Editor“ dialog.
Now give your monitored project a name and a description that fits well to your msi package. Click „Save Now“ to continue and the next step is to
copy all files and registry available into a storage.
Repository task in progress, copying all available files and registry entires for the current monitored project into a storage where you can convert
storage into a fully working MSI installation package.
Now wait for the repository task has completed then click „Close“ button to continue.
If everything goes correctly you should now see your project available from the program main screen, and your project is now stored in the repository
Now lets convert our project into a silent-mode msi installation package that can be deployed with GPO (group policy object) or any
other third party tools like remote installers apps. To convert a project into MSI package for installation right click on the project name
and select „Create MSI For Installation - (Multi Select Supported) item.
Next make sure you have configured your MSI settings, then next click „Build Now“ to continue.
Note: From the „Build MSI File“ dialog you have various of options to add to your msi package like installing Visual C++ runtime libraries, shortcuts
installed to all users or current user etc...
Now the product is converting and building your msi package for install mode. This task can take up to several minutes to complete.
Acrobat Reader and Google Chrome + toolbar msi install package created successfully.
Now lets uninstall both Acrobat Reader and Google Chrome, then next install our MSI package and see if everything works ok and the software
gets installed successfully.
Go to Control Panel and open the „Program and Features“ and uninstall the software we just installed.
Acrobat Reader and Google Chrome + toolbar uninstalled successfully.
Now lets install our MSI Package we just created from repackaging existing setup (exe) installations of Acrobat Reader and Google Chrome
Installation of the MSI Package in progress. This MSI package can be installed in silent mode as well from your GPO system or any other third
party application that supports MSI package installations.
Now Acrobat Reader and Google Chrome are been installed successfully from our MSI package we created using the
ZOLA MSI Repackager product.
... MSI technology standards
All MSI packages both for installation and uninstallation created with ZOLA MSI Repackager application are fully compatible with the Microsoft
Windows operating systems and follows the standard MSI technology rules. They are also supported to be deployed with the GPO (group policy),
system and any other third party tools that supports remote installation of a msi packages.