When I run the msiexec.exe with an msi file, it runs perfectly. The problem is that many install files are not msi's but exe's.

My question is: How can I run an exe file with the msiexec.exe command? If it's not possible, is there a way to convert the exe to msi properly?

Thank you very much,


2 Answers 2


You cant run a exe with msiexec commands. You need to use supported commands for the exe you are deploying. Check out this site www.appdeploy.com/packages for info on switches for software.



  • Yes, they are two different things. The exe may be a compressed package as SmallClanger pointed out with an MSI file inside. AppDeploy is a wonderful resource.
    – sinping
    Nov 19, 2010 at 13:46
  • Thank you! (Even if all the apps on appdeploy are not msi's :( )
    – Zakaria
    Nov 19, 2010 at 14:08

Grab 7-zip and extract the exe file. In some cases, the exe is just a wrapper around an msi file and you might be able to install that directly.

A lot of .exe installers are built with something other than MSI, though, so you might be out of luck.

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