What is an MSI file?
MSI files or Microsoft Installer files represent Windows installer package files that store installation information. Installer packages are data collection sets (relational databases) into formally arranged data tables. MSI files are used by some versions of Windows during installing updates from Windows Update and using third-party installation tools. The MSI file contains all the information necessary to install the software, including the files that need to be installed and where those files need to be installed on your computer.
What is windows 64-bit MSI?
Windows 64-bit MSI is Windows Installer that is used to install 64-bit packages. 64-bit MSI files are used for the installation, storage, and removal of programs.
Let us see how we can open the MSI file:
How to open MSI files?
MSI files will be opened automatically with the Windows installer if you double click on the file. MSI files are packaged in an archived format, so you can actually extract content using a file unlock program such as 7-Zip. If you have this or a similar program installed, you can right-click on the MSI file and choose to open or remove all the files stored inside.
How to open MSI files on MAC?
To open MSI file on MAC, you need to use MAC file extractor software and follow the steps:
- Download the MAC extractor software, for example, “Extract Now.”
- Install the software.
- Open extracting software.
- Extract the MSI files.
See how to open MSI file as Administrator in the following video:
See how to extract MSI file using 7zip software:
How to run the MSI file from the command prompt?
To run the MSI file from the command prompt, do the following steps:
- Type “CMD” in the Start menu or simultaneously press Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys.
- Click the Yes button to see the command prompt black window
- Navigate to the MSI file folder. To enter into the new folder, type “CD NewFolder.” To exit from directory “CD..”
- When you enter into the MSI file folder, type MSI file name and press Enter.
See how to run the MSI file from the command prompt in this video:
What are IIF MSI files?
Some spreadsheet software uses the IIF file format. To open IIF format, please try to use an Excel file or Notepad. Usually, Quickbooks, as well as other spreadsheet programs, use this file format.
A setup MSI is a setup.exe file that acts as a bootstrapper because it contains an MSI instead of individual files. However, some setup.exe acts as a non-MSI installer to extract the installation resources and manage their installation directly. In this case, the setup.exe will call Windows Installer to install the MSI.
Many organizations offer IT developers MSI versions so they can customize the software in their environments. For example:
Firefox Enterprise offers MSI installers per CPU architecture 32 or 64 bit, per locale, and channel. Firefox MSI helps system administrators to customize and deploy Firefox in their environments.
See example: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/#product-desktop-release.