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Windows Installer Resources for System Administrators

Deployable Packages

This section lists wrappers and repackaged versions of legacy setups.

Open Source MSI Repository

Repository for open source software re-packaged into MSI packages for enterprise deployment. Currently available packages include Firefox, Thunderbird, FileZilla, Gimp, NTP for Windows, and others.

WWW Web Site at

Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird

Free msi packages for Mozilla Firefox are available from:
WWW FrontMotion
WWW ZettaServe
Please visit these web sites for the latest version information.

Free deployable package for Mozilla Thunderbird is available from:
WWW ZettaServe
Please visit this web site for the latest version information.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Wrapper to Deploy Internet Explorer with GPO

This is an msi wrapper to deploy Internet Explorer 5.x or 6.x. This can be used to deploy IE using group policies (GPO) in a Windows 2000 environment.

ZIP   Written by Vincent van Egmond
File size: 176.832 bytes   Last update: 2001-09-03

Microsoft also has a wrapper for IE.

Tools for System Administrators


AdminStudio from Flexera Software is a product suite for repackaging and customization applications, as well as finding and resolving potential conflicts between applications. It is designed specifically to meet the application pre-deployment needs of System Administrators. It includes tools to create msi files from scratch or modify existing msi files, to create msi files using repackaging technology, to create transforms and to solve potential conflicts between msi packages. AdminStudio also supports application virtualization solutions like Microsoft App-V, VMware ThinApp and Citrix XenApp, and direct conversion of MSI packages to virtualized applications.
The InstallShield MSI authoring tool is included in the AdminStudio suite.

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Manufacturer: Flexera Software (USA). Previous company names include Acresso and Macrovision.
License: Commercial

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Free AdminStudio Editions

Users of the following products can get a limited edition of AdminStudio at no additional cost:

Users of ZENworks Configuration Manager (ZCM) 10 can get AdminStudio Standard Edition at no additional cost.

WWW More information can be found on Flexera Software's web site (click the "Limited Editions" tab).

Advanced Installer Architect

Description from the company:
Advanced Installer is a Windows Installer authoring tool which enables developers and system administrators to easily build and repackage complex applications into reliable, ready to deploy MSI and EXE installers, patches and on-line updates.

Advanced Installer is available in five editions. The Architect Edition includes a Repackager and SCCM deployment support, as well as application virtualization support for Microsoft App-V and VMware ThinApp.

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Manufacturer: Caphyon LTD (Romania), Caphyon LLC (USA)
License: Commercial

WWW Product Information

AppDeploy Repackager

Description from the manufacturer:
The AppDeploy Repackager is a simple freeware snapshot tool for the creation of Windows Installer (MSI) setup packages. Unlike other tools that try to take on the whole drag and drop creation of MSI setups (development tools), the AppDeploy Repackager is simply a snapshot tool that results in a sharable project file which may be used to generate an MSI setup with the click of a button. (AppDeploy is now called ITNinja).

Manufacturer: Dell Inc. (formerly KACE Networks, Inc.), USA
License: Freeware (registration required)

WWW Web Site


Description from the manufacturer:
ASDIS is a product suite for a comprehensive software management, an essential part of the IT infrastructure management in complex environments. It is a point solution designed to aid administrators in managing any type of software applications and content on distributed systems independent of their branch. It offers matured broad functionality for all tasks in managing the software life cycle. Integrated components ensure a fully automated pristine installation of machines, individual configuring of applications and middleware, day-by-day software and content changes, patch management, desaster recovery as well as a very flexible discovery of hardware and software installed.

Manufacturer: ASDIS Software AG (Germany)
License: Commercial

WWW Web Site

CapaInstaller ezMSI

Description from the manufacturer:
CapaInstaller ezMSI enables you to generate Windows Installer packages for any application, regardless of the installer technology used by the original manufacturer. A wizard guides you "step by step" through the entire packaging process without any use of scripting.

Manufacturer: CapaSystems A/S (Denmark)
License: Commercial

WWW Web Site

BMC Software

BMC Software, who acquired Marimba, Inc. in July 2004, offers a family of change and configuration management solutions for desktops, servers and mobile devices.

WWW Web Site

MSI Package Builder

Description from the manufacturer:
MSI Package Builder helps you create MSI packages automatically by using the changes tracking technology, or manually by using the visual editor. The application can be used to repackage legacy installations and convert EXE to MSI files in order to customize installers and prepare them for a silent remote deployment. Thus created packages can be deployed through Group Policy or EMCO Remote Installer.
Remote Installer is also available in a bundle with Remote Installer.

MSI Package BuilderGet more information and buy MSI Package Builder from EMCO Software

Product information

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Starter - Professional - Enterprise - Enterprise (Unlimited Administrators)

Manufacturer: EMCO Software (Iceland)
License: Commercial

WWW Web Site


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NetInstall is a tool to solve software management problems and control the desktop network. It can update all your workstations from one location. NetInstall allows network administrators to handle software distribution and workstation customization challenges from a single server or across the enterprise.
NetInstall had been distributed by InstallShield Software Corp. for some time, but later was distributed and supported by the original manufacturer enteo Software, Inc. (formerly called NetSupport Solutions, Inc.). In March 2007 enteo has been acquired by FrontRange Solutions.

WWW enteo home page

Network Software Scanner

EMCO Network Software Scanner is designed to perform basic software audit operations in local networks. You can use it to extract information about installed software from PCs located in Windows domains and workgroups. All operations with network PCs are performed remotely and invisible for end users. No client installation or special configuration are required to collect software inventory data remotely from network PCs.

Manufacturer: EMCO Software (Iceland)
License: Freeware

WWW Web Site

Packaging Robot

Description from the manufacturer:
BRAIN FORCE Packaging Robot is able to package both proprietary software and standard systems. Only 10 % of packaged applications require additional manual reworking. As almost all applications are automatically processed in a faultless manner, their quality is extremely high. This gives a low cost, 80 % higher efficiency, and a project of short duration.

Manufacturer: Brain Force Holding AG (Austria)

WWW Web Site

deutsch Deutsche Version

BRAIN FORCE Packaging Robot ist in der Lage, sowohl individuelle als auch Standard-Software zu packagen. Nur bei 10 % der paketierten Applikationen ist noch Nacharbeit nötig. Da fast alle fehlerfrei automatisch bearbeitet wurden, ist die Qualität extrem hoch. Das Resultat sind niedrige Kosten, eine 80 % höhere Effizienz und eine kurze Projektdauer.

WWW Webseite

PACE Suite

Description from the manufacturer:
PACE Suite is a fast and easy-to-use software packaging tool for MSI authoring, creation and editing of virtual packages (App-V, ThinApp), automation of routine tasks, creation of documentation and installation instructions. PACE Suite can create packages from scratch or repackage EXEs

Manufacturer: Infopulse (Ukraine)
License: Commercial

WWW Web Site


Prism Pack and Prism Deploy from New Boundary Technologies, Inc. (formerly known as Lanovation) are packaging and deployment tools that can produce Windows Installer packages. A conflict checker is also included.

WWW Web Site


Radia is a software distribution tool that makes change and configuration management much easier. It was originally created by Novadigm, but was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in April 2004 and integrated with HP OpenView.


Description from the manufacturer:
RayPack enables packaging and re-packaging of software applications. With RayPack, creation of classic software package formats such as MSI, MST and MSP as well as virtual package formats, e.g. App-V, ThinApp and SWV is as easy as 1-2-3.
Raynet also offers additional products for Enterprise Application Lifecycle Management, Inventory, License Management etc. 

Manufacturer: Raynet GmbH (Germany)

WWW Web Site

deutsch Deutsche Version

Beschreibung vom Hersteller:
RayPack ermöglicht das Paketieren und Re-Paketieren von Softwareanwendungen. Mit RayPack ist das Erstellen klassischer Softwarepaketformate, wie z.B. MSI, MST und MSP sowie virtueller Paketformate, wie App-V, SWV und ThinApp so einfach wie noch nie.
Raynet bietet auch weitere Produkte für Enterprise Application Lifecycle Management, Inventarisierung, Lizenzmanagement usw.

Hersteller: Raynet GmbH (Deutschland)

WWW Webseite

Real Packaging

deutsch Deutschsprachiges Produkt

Real Packaging GmbH bietet mehrere Werkzeuge für Systemadministratoren an.
Beschreibungen vom Hersteller:

Package Launcher

Der Package-Launcher ist ein Wrapper für Softwarepakete. In dieser Funktion übernimmt er die Verwaltung und die präzise Steuerung von Softwareinstallationen.

Conflict Explorer

Mit dem Conflict Explorer lassen sich potentielle Softwarekonflikte von Windows Installer Paketen ermitteln. Er stellt die Konflikte übersichtlich dar und ermöglicht eine automatische Bereinigung per Knopfdruck.Mit dem Conflict Explorer 2009 lassen sich potentielle Softwarekonflikte von Windows Installer Paketen ermitteln. Er stellt die Konflikte übersichtlich dar und ermöglicht eine automatische Bereinigung per Knopfdruck.

WWW Webseite


Description from the manufacturer:
RemoteExec for Windows is a 100% agentless software solution that allows IT pros to: quickly and easily deploy MSI packages, Service Packs, patches, hotfixes, etc., remotely execute programs (.exe, .bat, .cmd) and scripts (.vbs, .js), as well as associated files (.txt, .doc, .wav, .reg, .inf, .msi, ...), remotely manage Windows configurations (modify registry, change LocalAdmin passwords, disable local accounts, copy/update/delete files and folders), interact with remote Windows systems (power off, wake up, reboot, lock and close sessions, etc.).

Manufacturer: IS Decisions (France)
License: Commercial

WWW Web Site

Remote Installer

Description from the manufacturer:
A remote deployment tool designed for an unattended software installation and uninstallation on PCs connected to a local network. The remote install and uninstall processes are silent and automatic. They allow deploying MSI files on selected PCs remotely and removing applications installed as MSI packages. The application provides software audit features used to retrieve a list of installed applications from every remote PC and to detect software changes.
Remote Installer is also available in a bundle with MSI Package Builder.

EMCO Remote InstallerGet more information and buy Remote Installer from EMCO Software

Product information

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Manufacturer: EMCO Software (Iceland)
License: Freeware and Commercial

WWW Web Site

Smart Packager

Description from the manufacturer:
Smart Packager products from Scalable Software are a successor to the popular WinINSTALL MSI Packaging products.
Smart Packager Suite™ is an all-in-one Solution for reliable MSI and Application Virtualization packaging and enables Windows 7 and 8 Migrations. This easy-to-use, yet powerful Suite accelerates Application Virtualization initiatives and provides ongoing management of MSI and App-V Packages.
Smart Packager Pro equips your IT staff with state-of-the art, cutting edge tools to easily and efficiently prepare reliable MSI packages for deployment with automated MSI packaging, customization, testing and reporting features.
Smart Packager Community Edition (CE), formerly WinINSTALL LE, is the most popular Free MSI packager in the world. This Free version is for packaging non-MSI applications only.

Manufacturer: Scalable Software (USA)
License: Commercial / Free in the Community Edition

WWW Web Site

Discontinued, Renamed or Abandoned Products

Below is a list of products that used to be listed on this page but are no longer available separately or have been discontinued:

Web Sites for System Administrators

The following web sites provide additional information about windows Installer, especially for system administrators

Windows Installer Training for System Administrators

Classroom and web based training courses tailored to the needs of system administrators are available from many of the tools vendors listed above.

Vendor independent training and certification is available at (by Darwin Sanoy from Desktop You can use products from InstallShield and Wise for the excersises in these courses.

See also: In addition to the commercial offers listed above there are also free Windows Installer WebCasts and Presentations




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