How to make a self extracting archive that runs your setup.exe with 7zip

How to make a self-extracting archive that runs your setup.exe with 7zip

How to make a self-extracting archive

How to make a self-extracting archive


Step 1 – Set up your installation folder

To make this easy create a folder c:\Install. This is where we will copy all the required files.

Step 2 – 7Zip your installers

Go to the folder that has your .msi and your setup.exe
Select both the .msi and the setup.exe
Right-Click and choose 7Zip –> “Add to Archive”
Name your archive “Installer.7z” (or a name of your choice)
Click Ok
You should now have “Installer.7z”.
Copy this .7z file to your c:\Install directory

Step 3 – Get the 7z-Extra sfx extension module

Available in the link below

Follow this link to download 7Zip + other necessary files

Install 7zip and copy the other files to c:\Install

Create a 7zip file with the name installer.7zip with your files and copy it to c:\Install

Copy the file “7zS.sfx” to c:\Install

Copy config.txt to c:\Install or create your own

Step 4 – Setup your config.txt

Use Notepad for this but save the file in UTF-8 encoding.
File > Save as > Encoding : UTF-8

Using windows explorer go to c:\Install
right-click and choose “New Text File” and name it config.txt
right-click and choose “Edit with notepad”.

Enter something like this:

Title="SOFTWARE v1.0.0.0"
BeginPrompt="Do you want to install SOFTWARE v1.0.0.0?"

Edit this by replacing [SOFTWARE v1.0.0.0] with your product name. Notes on the parameters and options for the setup file are here

After adding the lines save as config.txt in encoded in UTF-8

You should now have a folder “c:\Install” with the following 3 files:


Step 5 – Create the archive

These instructions I found on the web but nowhere did it explain any of the 4 steps above.

Open a cmd window, Window + R –> cmd –> press enter
In the command window type the following

cd \
cd Install
copy /b 7zS.sfx + config.txt + Installer.7z MyInstaller.exe
Look in c:\Install and you will now see you have a MyInstaller.exe

You are finished

Run the installer
Double click on MyInstaller.exe and it will prompt with your message. Click OK and the setup.exe will run.

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