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Old 12-12-2012, 08:30 PM   #1
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Wink 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?
 
Old 12-13-2012, 03:52 AM   #2
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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?
 
Old 12-13-2012, 09:27 AM   #3
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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.
 
Old 12-13-2012, 10:57 PM   #4
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Probably. Because it really doesn't matter to anyone how large or small an installer-file actually is.
 
Old 12-13-2012, 11:16 PM   #5
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Just curious to ask,
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