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From Martin Hollmichel <>
Subject Re: Introduction and start working
Date Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:56:10 GMT
>>> - get rid of dependence on instmsiw.exe and instmsia.exe
>> also this will iirc have some dependencies wrt system requirements, what
>> do you consider as minimum Windows baseline ? I would be fine with a XP
>> System SP2,
> I would alse be fine with Windows XP SP2 as the minimum Windows 
> operating system as it is already stated in the building guide for 
> Windows - 
>>> -- I did not find any reference to these files in the sources.
>> They come from the installer SDK,
> As I can see on my system (Windows 7) the files instmsiw.exe and 
> instmsia.exe are no longer included in "Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 
> Express" or "Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008"
> I also did not see that these files are included in an OOo 
> installation set, if they are copied into ../external/msi/.
> Searching for information about the Microsoft Windows Installer - 
> namely these executables - results that
> - the Microsoft Windows Installer is part of the Windows operating 
> system since versions Windows 2000 and Windows ME.
> - for previous Windows versions (95, 98, 98 2nd Edition) the Microsoft 
> Windows Installer has be manually installed. As far as I know these 
> Windows version are no longer supported by OOo. Is this correct?
> Thus, I concluded that these files are no longer needed.
> Does anyone has further information?
I would think this depends on what version of the installer we depend, 
on my windows xp system I have Windows Installer 3.01 available, on my 
Windows 7 there is version 5 available. As always, some testing on the 
baselines is required.
To my knowledge, just the creation of .msp (patches and service packs) 
requires a recent version of the installer, so if avoiding this the 
removal of the instmsi?.exe may be ok,
> Thanks and best regards,
> Oliver
>> greetings,
>> Martin

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