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    Self Extracting .msi

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    I am running Windows 8.1, 64 bit. Applications install well, except for .msi self extractions, ie. 7zip. On double clicking, I get a colored dialog box with nothing in it. No dialog, no error message, nothing. What can I do to have the .msi self extractions process themselves?

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    Welcome to the Lounge!!!

    Have you modified file associations?
    Have you run a malware check?

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    Hi:

    Thanks for your reply. I noticed this a while back and I did not really understand what was happening. The app didn't matter so i didn't think about it further. Lately, I need a particular download. So, yes, I have been running Malware several times. I have Defender on. I do regular scans.

    But, I did not do any file associations, as I do not know how. Please help me with this.

    Thank you

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    Thanks. I'll work with this. Jim

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    Hi: Now I have done it. I tried Clint's suggestion and went to adjust the file associations. For .msi files it linked with "freezip.." which I don't have, so it directed me to the Store. The Store cannot supply it, so since there were no other viable suggestions I set it to Internet Explorer. When i tried it, i got a couple of flashes and just an empty dialog box. Now, I cannot change it back to what it was since there is no "freezip..." file. I am stuck with having it on Internet Explorer. When I try to open with Winzip, I get the same thing, a couple of flashes and a box. What can I do from here?

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    You've mentioned 3 programs so far none of which should be associated with .msi files.

    Have you tried right clicking on one of the files and selecting "Open with..." You may need to select an option to view all but the one you want is open with Windows Installer (or very similar)

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    Yes. I mentionned 7Zip, because the one I have is a .msi file. There was also an ereader file some time ago. I don't remember which one. The one I really need now is from Interactive Brokers - it is an API which should self extract. As an aside, I can open and install it on my Windows 7 machine, but i need it on my Trading Computer, which is Windows 8.1. Also, yes, I have right clicked and i do not get a satisfactory option. I wish there were one. I would use it. Still cannot change my file extension back to what it was. Looking for more suggestion. Cheers. Jim

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    See if this can be of help: http://www.daniweb.com/software-deve...e-command-line

    You could run the installer manually, when you need to or just try to associate the extension with msiexec.exe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowdogg View Post
    Hi:

    I am running Windows 8.1, 64 bit. Applications install well, except for .msi self extractions, ie. 7zip. On double clicking, I get a colored dialog box with nothing in it. No dialog, no error message, nothing. What can I do to have the .msi self extractions process themselves?
    What is the download (program) that the .msi extension belongs to? Using 7zip, one has to extract the file first, generally to the same location, before you can install and run said download.

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    I think I misread your post, the file download is 7zip....eg the .msi file extension. Please disregard my previous post.

    I just downloaded and installed 7zip .msi download with out a problem. Looks like you're in capable hands with the other advice.

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    With all the info I received here, I finally managed to do an sfc check ( with administrator privileges ) and the scan told me there were unresolved problems it could not repair. So I decided to do a System Refresh ( with trepidation ). Worked out quite well. I have to reinstall a number of applications, but there were others I did not want anyway, so it will work out fine. Best part - The .msi file installed without a hitch! Now on to the reinstallations! Thank you everyone. My questions now are - having set up Windows 8.1 reasonably fresh, should I dispose of my old Startup file on my thumb drive, or keep it and do a new one?

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    What Startup file are you asking about?
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    Snowdog,

    If you're talking about the Win Recovery Disk (on USB) I'd create a new one. It can't hurt to make sure it doesn't have any problems. JMTC HTH
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