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Installation Repackaging on Windows – Review of EMCO MSI Package Builder

Installation Repackaging on Windows – Review of EMCO MSI Package Builder

EMCO MSI Package Builder is an installation repacking tool integrated with Live Monitoring technique. This technology does not create snapshots unlike conventional repackaging tools; instead it simply communicates with the Operating System to trace the modifications on the go.

It seems like developers of the tool have taken care of advanced trends and techniques while programming the software. The software enables install and update applications remotely in a silent mode where users do not interact while installation is in process.

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System Specifications for Installation

Hardware: Minimum hardware requirements for installation of the converter software are 1 gigabyte RAM (2GB recommended), 1GHz processor (2GHz recommended) specifically, Intel Pentium or Equivalent along with 250 megabytes of free space on storage media whereas 500 MB is recommended.

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    Software: The software is compatible to run over following Operating Systems:

    • Windows 10/ Windows 8/ 8.1/ Windows 7/ Windows 2003/ Windows XP (SP3)/ Windows Vista
    • Windows Server 2012 (R2)/ 2008 (R2)
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 (3.5 SP1 recommended)

    Before initiating the installation process, it is recommended to ensure Administrative rights on the machine as the program needs access to registry and tracks file system during monitoring mode.

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    Available Editions

    MSI Package Builder (v6.0.7) is available in two different versions that includes

    • MSI Package Builder Professional: Allows repackaging EXE installation into MSI packages in a silent mode using installation monitoring.
    • MSI Package Builder Enterprise: Allows access to both wrapping and installation monitoring for repackaging.

    Both the versions come with different features and functionality parameters. User can purchase desired edition to convert EXE to MSI as per requirements.

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    Features Incorporated in the Software

    • Software creates MSI automatically
    • EXE to MSI repackaging
    • Customized installation
    • Build MSI for remote installation
    • Set & modify file attributes such as hidden, read-only, etc.
    • Shortcuts for posting comments and arguments available
    • Resource Management features incorporated

    Benefits & Advantages Offered

    • The software prevents manual efforts and time that is spent in installation and update of the installation tasks in organizations.
    • Remote installation tools must work without any kind of interaction with the users i.e. in a silent mode. EMCO MSI Package Builder repackages the installation tools to produce silent MSI’s that are equipped for remote deployment.
    • The software not only transforms EXE to MSI, but also provides access to resultant MSI package and its integrated content. This content can be changes or edited when required.
    • Installation model is displayed on the screen in a straight visual form and this can be changed through visual editor. The process to convert EXE to MSI is accomplished within 10 minutes from initiation.
    • Integrated with ‘Live Monitoring’ technology that creates installation model with a defined set of installation action and resources. 1
    • This application has inbuilt capability to track or monitor performance of any remotely installed application and allows administrator or support person to manage/update/edit or even un-install the application. You can check the application for upgrade, API required or any modification required through this tool.

    A Look at the Software Interface

    The software is incorporated with advanced ribbon based interface and this makes it quite easy to understand even for first time users. The functional steps are self descriptive and do not require any technical expertise. The content can be viewed in various views that include Registry, File System, Services, Drivers, Environment variables, Pre & Post Actions, Assemblies and Wrapped packages.

    Conclusion

    MSI Package Builder is meant to offer a straightforward procedure to repackage third party installations. It is an easy approach to create customized installations in MSI format. Repackaging wizards easily takes the user to MSI format that is generated automatically. To understand the functional features of the software, it is recommended to go through its trial version before making payment for the paid edition.

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    Last Updated on February 15, 2019

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

    Joe’s Goals

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      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

      Daytum

        Daytum

        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

        Excel or Numbers

          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

          Evernote

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            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

            Access or Bento

              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

              Conclusion

              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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