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Windows 7: Self extracting .exes not installing

05 Mar 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I have no idea when the problem actually started, so doing a system restore is not a guarantee. I will try a repair install and see how it goes. I will keep you posted.
Later edit: just noticed that I need a Windows 7 SP1 installation disc to be able to repair my OS, since I have the SP1 installed. Any idea from where I could get such a disc?

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05 Mar 2011   #12

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You could create a slipstream Windows 7 SP1 using the tutorial below, and add any newer Windows Updates since the SP1. However, most people have not had luck doing a repair install with the slipstream unless Windows 7 was originally installed from the slipstream.

Slipstream Windows 7 SP1 into a Installation DVD or ISO File
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05 Mar 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Yep, that's what I thought also. A friend promised he will give me a clean .iso downloaded from msdn. I'll have to wait for him come back in town. For the time being, I'll roll with my hacker workaround: extract here and run setup manually

Thanks for the help. I'll post here again after I tried a repair.
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05 Mar 2011   #14

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're welcome. I hope it goes well.
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23 Dec 2012   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Old thread, but in case it helps someone, I stumbled across the same issue as well as the solution.

When you change the location of your My Documents folder, certain setup apps and self-extracting zips won't run correctly. Likely they do not use the correct Shell API for determining the user's My Documents folder prior to creating a temporary subfolder for extracting files.

To resolve, simply create a folder named \user\%username%\Documents on the disk volume where your windows installation resides.
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