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!

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