How to Open an MSI File

by Mitchell White
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The "MSI" file extension is a Microsoft installation file. It's used to help install programs in Microsoft Windows. These files will usually install without downloading any other software in Windows, but sometimes there can be a problem when you try to install a program that's using an MSI file. This is usually because you don't have the program Windows Installer on your computer, which is what uses the MSI file.

Step 1

Get a copy of l Windows Installer (see "Resources"). Click "Download Now" on the site to get the installation file. Double-click on it to install it on your computer.

Step 2

Click "Next" through each screen of the installation until the program installs.

Double-click on your MSI file and Windows Installer will automatically load and open the file for you.


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About the Author

Mitchell White has been writing about fighting spyware, malware and other computer hardships for various websites since 2009. His work also includes research and articles on scientific and medical topics. White holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a specialty in writing, from Messiah College.

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