What is Windows Installer database?

The Windows Installer database consists of many interrelated tables that together comprise a relational database of the information necessary to install a group of applications. Because the database is relational, the tables are linked through the data in the primary and foreign key values.

What is Orca Microsoft?

Orca.exe is a database table editor for creating and editing Windows Installer packages and merge modules. The tool provides a graphical interface for validation, highlighting the particular entries where validation errors or warnings occur.

How do I install Orcas on Windows 10?

To do so, go to “Apps and Features”, select the most recent Windows Software Development Kit from the installed apps list, and click “Modify”. This starts the installation wizard for the SDK itself. After the wizard completes, the Orca installer can now be found in the SDK’s install path.

Where can I download orca?

Orca is available from Microsoft as part of the Windows SDK. Once you download and install the SDK, you can copy the Orca. msi installer file from the SDK and save it for future use so you can avoid repeating the Windows SDK download and installation steps.

What is difference between exe and MSI?

The main difference between the two extensions is their purpose. EXE is used mainly to indicate that the file is an executable one. In comparison, MSI indicates that the file is a Windows installer. While an MSI is used only with installers, this is not the case with EXE.

How do you use Microsoft Orca?

Creating a transform using Orca

  1. Start Orca.
  2. Click File > Open and select the Rumba .
  3. Select Transform > New Transform.
  4. Navigate to the table or tables you want to edit, then modify values or create new rows as appropriate.
  5. Select Transform > Generate Transform.

How do I convert msi to exe?

Extract MSI package from the Temp folder

  1. Run the .exe file you want to convert to MSI. Don’t proceed with any actions or close the window as soon as you see the first installation prompt.
  2. Go to the Windows temp folder.
  3. Locate the MSI package for your .exe file.
  4. Copy the MSI package to a location of your choice.

How do I open MSI with Orca?

Right-click the downloaded MSI package and select the Edit with Orca option. This will open the MSI package in Orca for editing.

Should I use MSI or exe installer?

Rule of thumb: Unless you know what you are doing, it is recommended to use the setup.exe file whenever you have the choice between a setup.exe or an . msi file after you unpack a software installer on your system.