I wanted to be able to extract files directly out of an MSI file. Sometimes, I simply do not want to power up the correct OS version or install a product just to get to the files within. I tried doing it with ORCA (from the platform SDK) – but couldn’t figure it out. I also tried some of the other platform SDK msi*.exe tools – again without luck. Maybe someone can tell me how? Next I tried to investigate whether the MSI could be accessed by SQL. Again, I failed to find the necessary information. Finally, I got it. I looked at the Project Windows Installer XML (WiX) toolset. I downloaded the wix i386 binaries and extracted the ZIP file. Then I ran –
Dark.exe file.MSI file.XML /x .
The result of this conversion (file.XML) and extraction (/x) is a file.XML (which I have no use for) and the binary files contained within the MSI file.
Thanks to the people working with WiX.