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future_computer 12-12-2012 09:30 PM

Why is MSI file smaller than EXE file?
 
For example,
Download: Skype 6.0.0.126 | 19.3 MB (Freeware, MSI Offline installer)
Download: Skype 6.0.0.126 | 27.9 MB (Freeware, EXE Offline installer)

Why such a big difference in their size?

acid_kewpie 12-13-2012 04:52 AM

because the EXE file contains the programming to install itself, whilst the MSI will use libraries and programs in the standard windows installer. 8mb is a pretty huge difference though, maybe there's other bundled crap in there too?

/dev/random 12-13-2012 10:27 AM

I would bet that msi's are compressed, as most exe's aren't (even tho they can be), or msi just uses better compression.

sundialsvcs 12-13-2012 11:57 PM

Probably. Because it really doesn't matter to anyone how large or small an installer-file actually is.

future_computer 12-14-2012 12:16 AM

Just curious to ask,
case closed. :D


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