This is pro-awesome. I was hoping 7-zip (my favorite archiving tool) would be able to handle MSIs on its own, but alas, it cannot. Instead, this tool works wonders:

http://blogs.pingpoet.com/overflow/pubfiles/Lessmsierables-20050611.zip

I’m not a fan of Microsoft’s .msi installer files. They’re slow, they don’t let me pick start menu groups, and they are a major overkill for lots of tiny program installations that I use where a simple rar file (okay zip would work too) would be much more suitable. So sometime last year I spent a night hacking together a simple tool that lets me take these miserable .msi files and extract their contents. Since others may find it useful too, I figured I’d put it out here.

Original Article Here:
http://blogs.pingpoet.com/overflow/archive/2005/06/02/2449.aspx

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