Extracting .msi Files without Installation

Occasionally you need to access the contents of an .msi file, but you are sitting on a PC where you do not administrative rights to run the installer.

I noticed 7-Zip adds itself to the context menu of .msi files, but it extracts the whole contents of the msi, and the output is somewhat confusing to me (admittedly, I do not use the latest version of 7-Zip).

Fortunately I came across lessmsi which opens an .msi file, allows you to select the desired files, and extracts them into the file’s sub-directory as found in the Directory column of each of the contained files.

Simple and effective!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: