MSI Package Builder

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Easily Create MSI Packages and Convert EXE to MSI

An innovative tool for automatic generation of Windows Installer packages, MSI Package Builder helps you create MSI files ready for silent unattended installation on remote PCs through the domain's Group Policy or  Remote Installer. The unique technology makes the tasks of creating brand-new installations, customizing the existing ones and converting EXE to MSI fully automatic, effortless and predictable. 

Application management often is the most routine and time-consuming task for system administrators. Going to every PC in the building and following the same installation sequence time and again is time consuming and expensive. Nevertheless, it's important to keep applications updated and under a centralized control, otherwise they quickly become unmanageable. It doesn't matter how many PCs you have - 10 or 10,000; the only chance to manage installations effectively is to rely on an automated systems.  

Building MSI Packages: Effortless Approach

How can  MSI Package Builder help you? Let's identify week points of remote deployment first. One of the widely used means of remote installation is the domain's Group Policy. It's pretty powerful, but if you consider using it, you have to be aware of its requirements:

  • Group Policy only enables deployment of those applications that are ready for silent unattended installation. The automatic process nature leaves no place for options selection and interaction with the user, hence the setup file design should account for this.  
  • A Windows Installer package (MSI file) is needed for installation through Group Policy. Deployment of EXE files is not supported directly, so you need to repackage EXE to MSI.

Obviously, there are many installations that do not meet these requirements. Is it possible to deploy them remotely? Certainly! This is a task for  MSI Package Builder to produce new or convert existing installations into a format suitable for silent unattended installation.

Innovative Technology: Automatic Installation Repackaging

 MSI Package Builder goes beyond the scope of typical installation creation tools and straightforward EXE to MSI repackagers. It's not just another MSI editor or builder. You are not limited by feature set bounds, and at the same time you don't need to browse hundreds of pages of manuals and learn a specific installation language. Instead, you benefit from an automatic and fully visual MSI creation process based on the pioneer 'Live Monitoring' technology.

How can you create an MSI or customize an existing installation? With MSI Package Builder you can follow a traditional way and enter the set of files and registry keys for installation manually in the visual editor. Or you can save a lot of effort by trying the automatic build approach benefiting from the 'Live Monitoring' technology. In this case, the process is very easy and consists of just a few steps:

  • Start monitoring by pressing the button in the application. This action activates collecting information about changes on the file system and registry.
  • Start the activity to be monitored. It can be an original setup file, which you need to execute to then follow the installation process as usual by selecting options and entering data. Or it can be a set of actions required for a new installation, for example, files copying. All changes undertaken on the file system and the registry are automatically tracked.
  • Stop monitoring by pressing the button when the monitored activity has finished. All monitored actions are displayed in the visual editor and can be changed if required.
  • Build MSI automatically using the monitoring results.

This approach significantly simplifies producing of customized MSI packages for any existing installation. You just need to monitor the installation process where you can select required options. The generated package performs exactly the same actions as those taken during the manual deployment and is ready for a remote deployment. 

Key Features

  • Creation of MSI packages, which can be installed manually on a local PC or automatically on remote PCs through Group Policy or  Remote Installer.
  • Intuitive visual editor for managing files, folders, registry and environment installation entries. Truly visual approach - no programming skills required.
  • 'Live Monitoring' technology that enables capturing of file system and registry changes caused by any application. Collected data used for MSI creation.
  • Decompilation, which allows decompiling the existing package, making changes and creating a new customized MSI package.
  • Installation of Windows services. Service entries can be defined manually in the visual editor or come from the monitoring results.
  • Extended installation management features: system variables support, control of files and registry keys overwriting, file attributes support, files and registry keys permanence options, etc.

Why  MSI Package Builder?

 MSI Package Builder helps you create MSI packages, thus it can be used every time you need to create an installation. You can rely on it even when other deployment tools fail, namely:

  • When you need to create a setup file but don't know how to do it. Don't worry - you don't need to undergo any special training. Using the intuitive visual interface, you will be able to create your first installation within a couple of minutes.
  • When you want to make a mass application deployment on remote computers. You just need to monitor the manual installation process using the 'Live Monitoring' technology, and MSI can be automatically created from the monitoring results. The generated package can be installed remotely by means of Group Policy or  Remote Installer.
  • When you have to convert EXE to MSI. This can be done automatically using the 'Live Monitoring' technology. Moreover, you can select different options in the course of the original installation process, and your selection will be reflected in the produced MSI.
  • When you need to uninstall an unwanted application from remote computers. For this, monitor the application deinstallation and create MSI from the monitoring results. This package can be executed on remote computers by means of Group Policy or  Remote Installer to uninstall an application.

Select Edition

  MSI Package Builder is available as Starter, Professional and Enterprise editions with different features and at different prices. Below you can see a high-level feature comparison of these editions. Pricing options are presented on the Buy It Now page.

Functionality Focus
Build brand-new MSI
Convert EXE to MSI
Customize existing MSI
MSI Creation Approach
Manual creation in the visual editor
Automatic creation based on the monitoring results ('Live Monitoring' technology)
Automatic creation based on the MSI decompilation
Installation Features
Files and folders: create, modify, delete
Files versioning options: overwrite unconditionally, overwrite older, overwrite equal or older, skip
Files attributes: set and preserve
File permanence: preserve file during uninstallation
Registry entries: create, modify, delete
Registry entry permanence: preserve registry entry during uninstallation
Services: install, uninstall, start, stop
Environment variables: create, modify delete
Price $199.00 $499.00 $595.00
Licenses issued for MSI Package Builder versions prior to 3.3.1 are equal to Enterprise Edition licenses.


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