MDOP 2013 embeds APP-V MSI’s inside of EXE files

If you are looking for the MSI installer files for APP-V 5 SP1, you will need to manually extract them from the EXE files. The App-V 5.0 SP1 (Client/Server) MSI’s can be extracted using this command:

appv_xxx_setup.exe /Layout /LayoutDir=”<path>”



c:\temp>appv_client_setup.exe /Layout /LayoutDir=”c:\temp”)


The language pack MSI will be laid out with the client or server MSI in the location/path specified in /LayoutDir.


This command is documented here

Comments (9)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great Steve, thanks for forwarding this!

    One little hint for anyone who tries to install the client with the MSI file via GPO:

    you need to add the following to the property table in a MST file -> property ACCEPTEULA (in UPPERCASE!! important!) and the value is 1.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Saving people from themselves I guess?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Not working for me too

  4. Anonymous says:

    OMG, could someone update the article "Whats new…." and give the hint, that not only the language pack MSI-files are to extract but also the client MSI itself? Because the language pack MSI's are already "standalone" on the ISO-image, no one would try to extract this exe if they read the article… was my cause and i cried for help in the forum, altough i read this article… but i thought, i already have the language pack MSI-files so never mind this Whats new article…

    Strange idea from Microsoft to pack the msi files in the exe (not as it was before) and don't mention it anywhere exactly… but our luck is, there are great people in your forums which are never tired to help!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Which command Nuni/OOSOO? Stephan, thanks for the catch!

  6. Anonymous says:

    hi this command not working for me what is wrong?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thank you very much for your information and insight, Stephan. I will forward on your feedback.

  8. Brachus12 says:

    The /layout switch does not work

  9. Which MDOP installer version or we talking about? The one for 2015?