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Windows 7: How to extract the contents of an .exe file instead of installing it ?

24 Dec 2011   #1
N0b0dy

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 
How to extract the contents of an .exe file instead of installing it ?

Hello Guys,

is it possible to extract a .exe file or a installer instead of installing it on the HDD ???


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24 Dec 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Depends on the tool used to create the installer package for the most part.
I've had mixed luck using this to extract them.
Universal Extractor | LegRoom.net
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25 Dec 2011   #3
Invader440

Win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

You can also use 7Zip but not all exe files will open. Right click on the file and select open inside.
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25 Dec 2011   #4
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

You can also generally use WinRAR to expand the contents of an EXE installer file.

Same approach... right-click on the EXE, mouse-over the WinRAR item to get the flyout with further choices, and select one of the several "extract" options on the flyout.

Works perfectly. Just like UN-ZIP, such as if you download a driver/install file from the HP support site. You don't have to actually RUN the driver/install file to expand it and do the installation. You can just manually expand the installer file with WinRAR.

I would guess that most similar ZIP/Un-ZIP products (free or non-free) would all do the same thing. I just happen to use WinRAR.
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