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Cabinet File Size Limitations

MAKEMSI uses the "MakeCab.EXE" tool to create cabinets, which is the only form of compression supported by Windows Installer. This compression format is flawed and has these known limitations (as documented by Microsoft's Windows Installer team):

Work Arounds

The easiest solution would be to use the "compile" command between any huge files.


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