Oh damn … debug symbols as MSI (upd)

Yesterday I still defended them, now I have to criticize the guys in Redmond again. Since Windows 7 the debug symbols are only delivered as MSI, no more as an EXE file that can be extracted to anywhere and then uploaded to a local symbol server from there. Honestly guys, have you considered this scenario at all?

Sure, for those people who like to have their symbols in %SystemRoot%\Symbols for the running system, this is just as fine as the EXE, but for everyone else? …

Update: See the comment section for a possible solution offered by a reader 😉

// Oliver

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2 Responses to Oh damn … debug symbols as MSI (upd)

  1. noteip says:

    Hi, you can try to extract the MSI with “msiexec /a my_filename.msi /qb TARGETDIR=C:\TEST”. Works great for “Windows_Win7.7600.16385.090713-1255.X86FRE.Symbols.msi” 😉

    Another way would be to use 7zip to extract it. “7z x my_filename.msi”

    Greets noteip

  2. Oliver says:

    Cool, thanks for the hint. Didn’t consider the admin install.

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