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Opening Windows Installer Packages

InstallShield 2010

InstallShield provides the option to either edit .msi packages directly in InstallShield by using direct edit mode or convert it to an InstallShield project (.ism), and then edit it as a Basic MSI project in InstallShield.

Note

Note

Some functionality is limited when editing an .msi package in direct edit mode.

Task

Task

To open an .msi package in direct edit mode of InstallShield:

  1. On the File menu, click Open. The Open dialog box opens.
  2. In the Files of Type list, select Windows Installer Packages (*.msi).
  3. Select the .msi package that you want to open.
  4. In the Open as box, ensure that Auto is selected.
  5. Click Open.
Note

Note

By default, InstallShield opens an .msi package in direct edit mode.

The Open MSI/MSM Wizard can convert an existing Windows installer (.msi) package to an InstallShield project (.ism) file, and open the new project to modify in InstallShield.

Note

Note

You can also open patch creation project files (.pcp files) in InstallShield and edit them in the Direct Editor.




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