How to Extract Files From an MSI Package


A Microsoft Installer (MSI) package contains several files that you use to install a software product. When you double-click an MSI file, the installation wizard starts and helps guide you through the installation process. However, you can manually extract files without using the installation wizard on a Windows computer. The Msiexec.exe file on your Windows computer lets you extract files from an MSI package.

  • Click the Windows "Start" button. Type "cmd" into the text box and press "Enter." This opens your Windows command-line utility.

  • Type the following text into your prompt:

    msiexec /a MSI_file /qb TARGETDIR=extraction_location

    Replace "MSI_file" with the path and file name of your MSI file. The "TARGETDIR" variable is where the MSI files are extracted.

  • Press "Enter" to extract the files. Extraction of the files only takes a few seconds to complete.

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