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Open an Installshield cab file 7/21/2009 11:50:16 AM


Opening Installshield Cab Files / Extract Installshield cab file

Recently I needed to open an Installshield cab file to extract some SQL Server scripts from a failed vendor installation.  I was surprised to find that I was not able to do so.  Installshield does not use the same type of cab file that Microsoft does.

I found a command line utility to view and extract the cab files.  I also found an excellent shareware program, called ZipScan from foobar software. (if your allowed to use these at your company than great !).

In order to extract an installshield cab file I've put this together, you need two files (all listed at the end)

i6comp020.zip and i6comp103b.zip.

1.  Extract i6comp020.zip and put just the .exe in the folder with the cab file resides.
2.  Extract i6comp103b.zip and put only the zd51145.dll in the same folder as well.
3.  To extract the cab file open a command window and execute:

i6comp e file_to_extract.txt some_cab_file.cab

You can also put the file back in the cab file with the same utility

i6comp r file_to_put_back.txt some_cab_file.cab
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e_wise.ZIP (97.47 KB)
extr_cab.ZIP (101.93 KB)
exwise05.ZIP (109.66 KB)
i5comp201.ZIP (100.69 KB)
i6comp020.ZIP (121.02 KB)
i6comp103b.ZIP (73.13 KB)
iscab.ZIP (374.39 KB)
isdcc122.ZIP (55.35 KB)
isdcc210.ZIP (96.39 KB)
wisdec100b.ZIP (367.53 KB)
zipscan_eval_setup.ZIP (876.67 KB)


Helpful files and utilities when dealing with installations
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e_wise.zip        99806 2002/01/09  e_wise.zip - WISE Setup unpacker
                        Long desc:  e_wise.zip - WISE Setup unpacker (c) 2001
                                    Veit Kannegieser The idea for E_WISE comes
                                    from EXWISE from Andrew de Quincey. This
                                    version - reimplemented in Pascal - can
                                    handle more WISE-versions - can retrive
                                    filenames and date/time Use PEC.EXE to run
                                    on OS/2 Repackaged for installing Win32
                                    programs using Odin on OS/2 (eCs)
                        Runs on:    every version of OS/2 (eCS) that runs Odin,
                                    WinXX
                        Requires:   recent Odin build
                        Contact:    Herwig Bauernfeind
extr_cab.zip     104372 2002/01/09  Microsoft CAB file extractors
                        Long desc:  Microsoft CAB file extractors (c) Microsoft
                                    1994 - 1997 DOS and Win32 console mode
                                    versions of Microsoft's Extract tools for
                                    CAB files. Available for download in
                                    multiple other places on the internet,
                                    too. Extract.EXE runs on MDOS,
                                    Extrac32.EXE runs using PEC.EXE on OS/2.
                                    Repackaged for installing Win32
                                    applications using Odin on OS/2 (eCs).
                        Runs on:    every version of OS/2 (eCS) that runs Odin,
                                    WinXX
                        Requires:   recent Odin build
                        Contact:    Herwig Bauernfeind
exwise05.zip     112292 2002/01/09  exwise v0.5
                        Long desc:  exwise v0.5 - (c) 1998 Andrew de Quincey
                                    http://www.tardis.ed.ac.uk/~adq
                                    adq@tardis.ed.ac.uk This decompresses WISE
                                    install executables Use PEC.EXE to run on
                                    OS/2. Repackaged for installing Win32
                                    programs using Odin on OS/2 (eCs)
                        Runs on:    every version of OS/2 (eCS) that runs Odin,
                                    WinXX
                        Requires:   recent Odin build
                        Contact:    Herwig Bauernfeind
i5comp201.zip    103111 2002/01/09  i5comp v2.01 - InstallShield v5.x
                                    decompressor
                        Long desc:  i5comp v2.01 - InstallShield v5.x
                                    decompressor InstallShield v5.x
                                    Compression and Maintenance utility -]
                                    fOSSiL - Aug-24-1999 [- for Win32. Win32
                                    executable, use PEC.EXE to run it on OS/2.
                                    Use PEC.EXE to run on OS/2. Repackaged for
                                    installing Win32 programs using Odin on
                                    OS/2 (eCs)
                        Runs on:    every version of OS/2 (eCS) that runs Odin,
                                    WinXX
                        Requires:   recent Odin build
                        Contact:    Herwig Bauernfeind
i6comp020.zip    123921 2002/01/09  i6comp v0.20 - InstallShield v6.x CAB Tool
                        Long desc:  i6comp v0.20 - InstallShield v6.x CAB Tool
                                    Fully functional now. i6comp v0.20 Release
                                    Notes ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                    (InstallShield v6.x CAB Util) -] fOSSiL -
                                    Jun-16-2000 [- -] Morlac - Dec-27-2000 [-
                                    This is a more improved package than
                                    i6comp103b!!! Use PEC.EXE to run on OS/2
                                    Repackaged for installaing Win32 programs
                                    using Odin on OS/2 (eCs)
                        Runs on:    every version of OS/2 (eCS) that runs Odin,
                                    WinXX
                        Requires:   recent Odin build
                        Contact:    Herwig Bauernfeind
i6comp103b.zip    74884 2002/01/09  i6comp v1.03 beta - InstallShield v6.x CAB
                                    Tool
                        Long desc:  i6comp v1.03 beta - InstallShield v6.x CAB
                                    Tool Release Notes ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                    (InstallShield v6.x CAB Util) -] fOSSiL -
                                    Jun-16-2000 [- This is a earlier beta than
                                    i6comp020!!! Use PEC.EXE to run on OS/2.
                                    Repackaged for installaing Win32 programs
                                    using Odin on OS/2 (eCs)
                        Runs on:    every version of OS/2 (eCS) that runs Odin,
                                    WinXX
                        Requires:   recent Odin build
                        Contact:    Herwig Bauernfeind
iscab.zip        383373 2002/01/09  The InstallShield Cabinet File Viewer for
                                    Win32
                        Long desc:  The InstallShield Cabinet File Viewer for
                                    Win32 (ISCabVu.exe) lets you select an
                                    InstallShield cabinet file and view its
                                    compressed files, file groups, components,
                                    and setup types and the properties of
                                    those items. It also lets you extract
                                    files from the cabinet file. CAB file
                                    editor (iscab.exe) lets you modify cabinet
                                    files. These two programs are extracted
                                    from InstallShield 6.21 package and
                                    "improved" by me so you don't have to know
                                    media password and component passwords.
                                    PS. Run setup.reg first. Runs on Windows
                                    only. Repackaged for installing Win32
                                    programs using Odin on OS/2 (eCs).
                        Runs on:    Windows 95/98/ME/NT4/2000
                        Contact:    Herwig Bauernfeind
isdcc122.zip      56677 2002/01/09  isDcc v1.22 - installshield script
                                    decompiler
                        Long desc:  isDcc v1.22 - installshield script
                                    decompiler (c) 1998 Andrew de Quincey
                                    http://www.tardis.ed.ac.uk/~adq
                                    adq@tardis.ed.ac.uk This is an
                                    installshield script decompiler. It
                                    supports all versions of installshield up
                                    to v5.5 (as far as I know). Use PEC.EXE to
                                    run on OS/2. Repackaged for installing
                                    Win32 programs using Odin on OS/2 (eCs).
                                    Use PEC.EXE to run on OS/2.
                        Runs on:    every version of OS/2 (eCS) that runs Odin,
                                    WinXX
                        Requires:   recent Odin build
                        Contact:    Herwig Bauernfeind
isdcc210.zip      98704 2002/01/09  isDcc v2.10 - installshield script
                                    decompiler
                        Long desc:  isDcc v2.10 - installshield script
                                    decompiler (c) 2001 Mr. Smith
                                    MrSmith_@hotmail.com This is a further
                                    modification of Andrew de Quinceys
                                    installshiled decompiler. Bug fixes: 1) I
                                    hope I fixed the problem of isDcc messing
                                    up labels ! 2) Fixed the bug which printed
                                    "string" instead of the modulo sign "%".
                                    Use PEC.EXE to run on OS/2. Repackaged for
                                    installing Win32 programs using Odin on
                                    OS/2 (eCs).
                        Runs on:    every version of OS/2 (eCS) that runs Odin,
                                    WinXX
                        Requires:   recent Odin build
                        Contact:    Herwig Bauernfeind
odinbug030.zip    36087 2001/08/15  Odin Bug Report Generator 0.3.0
                        Long desc:  Odin Bug Report Generator 0.3.0 (c)
                                    copyrighted FREEWARE Tool to generate Odin
                                    Bug Reports that are compatible with the
                                    standards that Team Odin has defined in
                                    the file ReportingBugs.TXT that is
                                    distributed with every Odin build. Bug
                                    reports can be created comfortably and
                                    fast.
                        Runs on:    every OS/2 that runs Odin
                        Requires:   VROBJ.DLL (VX-REXX runtime dll)
                        Contact:    Herwig Bauernfeind
                                    (herwig.bauernfeind@aon.at)
wisdec100b.zip   376352 2002/01/09  InstallShield Script decompiler
                        Long desc:  InstallShield Script decompiler (c) 1998 by
                                    NaTzGUL Use PEC.EXE to run on OS/2.
                                    Repackaged to install Win32 programs using
                                    Odin on OS/2 (eCs)
                        Runs on:    every version of OS/2 (eCS) that runs Odin,
                                    WinXX
                        Requires:   recent Odin build
                        Contact:    Herwig Bauernfeind
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Useful links:
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http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/cgi-bin/h-viewer?sh...2/i6comp020.zip
http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/cgi-bin/h-viewer?sh.../i6comp103b.zip
http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=281349
http://www.datapool.de/Windows/Tools/Decompiler/

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