Determine the Target Path of Windows Installer Shortcuts

When you right-click on a Windows Installer shortcut and choose Properties, the Target field does not show the path to the executable. This is because Windows Installer shortcuts work differently. When you double-click a Windows Installer shortcut, Windows reads the Product code, Component code, and other details stored in the Shortcut to determine the executable file location.

Here is a simple tool that displays the target path of Windows Installer shortcuts along with the Product code and Component code. All you need to do is drag the Windows Installer shortcut from Explorer (or the Start menu) to the “drop” zone in this tool.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

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