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Windows Installer and surprising popup windows

For some reason a window containing the text below pops up once during the installation and waits for an “OK”.


Windows ® Installer. V 3.01.4000.1830

msiexec /Option <Required Parameter> [Optional Parameter]

Install Options
                </package | /i> <Product.msi>
                                Installs or configures a product
                /a <Product.msi>
                                Administrative install - Installs a product on the network
                /j<u|m> <Product.msi> [/t <Transform List>] [/g <Language ID>]
                                Advertises a product - m to all users, u to current user
                </uninstall | /x> <Product.msi | ProductCode>
                                Uninstalls the product
Display Options
                                Quiet mode, no user interaction
                                Unattended mode - progress bar only
                                Sets user interface level
                                n - No UI
                                b - Basic UI
                                r - Reduced UI
                                f - Full UI (default)
                                Help information
Restart Options
                                Do not restart after the installation is complete
                                Prompts the user for restart if necessary
                                Always restart the computer after installation
Logging Options
                /l[i|w|e|a|r|u|c|m|o|p|v|x|+|!|*] <LogFile>
                                i - Status messages
                                w - Nonfatal warnings
                                e - All error messages
                                a - Start up of actions
                                r - Action-specific records
                                u - User requests
                                c - Initial UI parameters
                                m - Out-of-memory or fatal exit information
                                o - Out-of-disk-space messages
                                p - Terminal properties
                                v - Verbose output
                                x - Extra debugging information
                                + - Append to existing log file
                                ! - Flush each line to the log
                                * - Log all information, except for v and x options
                /log <LogFile>
                                Equivalent of /l* <LogFile>
Update Options
                /update <Update1.msp>[;Update2.msp]
                                Applies update(s)
                /uninstall <PatchCodeGuid>[;Update2.msp] /package <Product.msi | ProductCode>
                                Remove update(s) for a product
Repair Options
                /f[p|e|c|m|s|o|d|a|u|v] <Product.msi | ProductCode>
                                Repairs a product
                                p - only if file is missing
                                o - if file is missing or an older version is installed (default)
                                e - if file is missing or an equal or older version is installed
                                d - if file is missing or a different version is installed
                                c - if file is missing or checksum does not match the calculated value
                                a - forces all files to be reinstalled
                                u - all required user-specific registry entries (default)
                                m - all required computer-specific registry entries (default)
                                s - all existing shortcuts (default)
                                v - runs from source and recaches local package
Setting Public Properties

Consult the Windows ® Installer SDK for additional documentation on the
command line syntax.

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Andrew Brehm Send private email
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Something in your installer is calling msiexec.exe. That's the "you didn't give me a command line parameter" dialog.

If your installer is calling msiexec you're probabably in for a world of hurt - nested installers don't work.
Chris Tavares Send private email
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Looks like you're launching an .msi from within your installer & the command line isn't right.  We do this from our InstallShield installer and it took a couple of tries to get the command line for the sub-installation straight.
a former big-fiver Send private email
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
But I don't call an installer from inside the MSI.

The MSI contained (at that point) just lots of files to be copied into a couple of directories.

I added actions now, but they didn't cause a second popup window to appear.

Might this have something to do with the .NET framework requirement that the installer insists it has (although the application to be installed doesn't)?
Andrew Brehm Send private email
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
More experimenting revealed that a setup.exe file that was supposed to be copied causes the message.

I set its “Register” property to “vsdrfDoNotRegister”. That fixed the problem.
Andrew Brehm Send private email
Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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