Most setup files come in .exe format, but software developers or system administrators prefer MSI packages, because they are easier to distribute. If you find yourself in the same situation, MSI Wrapper will definitely help. You can use it to convert any executable setup file to an MSI package. The software makes this task very simple and straightforward, but it still gives you full control over various aspects of your MSI packages.
MSI Wrapper is free and a professional edition is under development. You will not encounter any restricted functions or annoying ads, while using the free version. You can install it swiftly, but you also need to install the WiX Toolset, before creating any MSI packages.
Essentially, MSI Wrapper is a wizard and if you follow its instructions, you will be able to create a MSI package in no time. After selecting an input file and a destination folder, you will have to insert an application ID and an upgrade code. You can select an application ID on a separate window and generate a new upgrade code by clicking a button.
During the next stages, MSI Wrapper will ask for a product name, manufacturer, version and other details. You can insert them manually or select certain options, in different drop menus, to insert the information from the registry or from the executable itself. It is also possible to add install and uninstall arguments. If you have difficulties, you may click a button, to see a few tips, on the developer's web site.
When you reach the final stage, the software will provide you with a summary of your settings. You can save your settings as a .xml file and load it at a later date. Building MSI packages does not take long. When the process is complete, you can open the output folder or run the MSI package. If you choose to run it, you will be able to insert additional command line parameters.
The software's functions are very easy to understand. You can built an MSI package very fast, without encountering any difficulties. MSI Wrapper can extract and use various details from the registry or the setup file itself. Additionally, it allows you to add arguments and command line parameters and save your settings as a file.
If WiX Toolset is not installed on your computer, MSI Wrapper will tell you that you must install it when you reach the wizard's final stage, after you make all your settings. If you prefer MSI packages over executable setup files, MSI Wrapper is the solution you are looking for.
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MSI Wrapper Editor’s Review Rating
MSI Wrapper has been reviewed by Frederick Barton on 23 Nov 2012. Based on the user interface, features and complexity, Findmysoft has rated MSI Wrapper 5 out of 5 stars, naming it Essential