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when setup isn’t just xcopy : Inside the MSI file format.

Did you know .MSI (Windows Installer) files can be queried using SQL commands that the Windows Installer supports?

when setup isn’t just xcopy : Inside the MSI file format.

see such SQL query in action (script [for WSH – Windows Script Host] that lists files in .MSI file):

http://www.serverwatch.com/tutorials/article.php/1548261

maybe an overkill though

btw, there seem to be some trojans arround perusing the windows installer and injecting their code in various installation files stored on one’s machine

for more on Windows Installer, see:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/msi/setup/windows_installer_start_page.asp

and

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/msi/setup/platform_sdk_components_for_windows_installer_developers.asp

Also, interesting are projects WiX and MSI2XML / XML2MSI at SourceForge

http://sourceforge.net/projects/wix/

http://sourceforge.net/projects/msi2xml

 

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