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  • Windows Installer Package versus Application

    Hello,

    I have just downloaded a light application, and I see the two files you cand find in the attached image, one being a Windows Installer Package (.msi), and the other an application (.exe).

    Probably a silly question but , what is the difference between the two ?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Madrid (Spain).

  • #2
    As a guess, from the file sizes, the serup.exe calls the MSI, which can also be run separately.

    My first thought was that the msi wraps the exe, but the file sizes don't fit

    The msi can easily be deployed by group policy, where an exe cannot

    What does the PDF say about it?
    Tom Jones
    MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
    PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
    IT Trainer / Consultant
    Ossian Ltd
    Scotland

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    • #3
      Thanks Ossian.

      Yes, I knew that .msi can be deployed by group policy.

      I meant to say in general, the difference between the ".msi" file and the ".exe" file, because when I install exchange, there is a .msi and a .exe as well.
      -
      Madrid (Spain).

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      • #4
        This sums it up (it expands upon what Ossian states)
        http://www.symantec.com/connect/arti...en-exe-and-msi
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        • #5
          Very enlightening, thanks Blood!
          -
          Madrid (Spain).

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