Tuesday, 27 October 2015

View An Msi File

MSI files are executable installation packages.

MSI files are Microsoft installation files that are used to install device drivers or software packages. Launching these types of files begins an installation procedure, but at times it may be necessary to view and/or edit the contents of an MSI file. This procedure can be performed form the command line and does not require any additional software.


1. Right-click on the Start menu and select "Explore" from the menu.

2. Click on the "C:" drive. Create a new folder labeled "MSI" in this drive.

3. Navigate to the folder containing the MSI file to be extracted. Move this file to the C:\ root drive.

4. Click the Start menu, type "cmd" in the text box and press the "Enter" key to open the command prompt.

5. In the command prompt window, type the following command, replacing "filename.msi" with the name of the specified MSI file:

msiexec /a c:\filename.msi /qb TARGETDIR=c:\msi

Press the "Enter" key to extract the contents of the MSI file to the C:\MSI folder.

Tags: command prompt, contents file, Start menu