MSI Packaging tools

I have now been asked on a number of occasions if there are tools to help re-package 3rd party applications for distribution via group policy.

The main tool in question is WinINSTALL LE and is actually a 3rd party tool available on the Windows 2000 server CD that allows you to capture the changes before and after a 3rd party application install and produce an MSI.

The KB Article for this is and provides further info on how to use the tool. However, on my travels I have come across various tools that also do the job well (and some of them are free!)

Here is a brief list:

Advanced installer (Free)

WinInstall (Full version) (various utils)

Appdeploy (Various tools)

I would also be very interested in any tools and experiences you have come across along these lines. 


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