How to Create Self-Extracting Archives on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP

Jan. 03, 2018 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Tips
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It is annoying when someone send you the compressed archives which you have to extract them one by one manually, especially for those who are not that handy with compression and archiving files. While self-extracting archives could help you out of this dilemma, you can run the archives smoothly by simply double-clicking them. Thus here in this article, we introduces two primary methods to create a self-extracting archives on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.

Generally, there are two primary methods to create self-extracting archives, using Windows built-in command and creating them with a professional additional tool. You could pick out one from them which suits your requirements most.

Use Windows Built-in Command Create a Self-Extracting Archives on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP

Windows built-in command, named Iexpress.exe, can create self-extracting archives with the below steps.

Step 1: Press Windows shortcut keys Windows + R to open Run dialog box > Type “iexpress” > Hit Enter.


Step 2. Tick Create new Self Extraction Directive file or Open existing Self Extraction Directive file from the pop-up IExpress wizard.


Step 3. Select the Package purpose according to your needs.

•Extract files and run an installation command

•Extract files only

•Create compressed files only

Step 4. Enter the Package title (This title will appear on all dialog boxes that the user sees) and then click Next.

Step 5. Tick “No prompt” or “Prompt users with” in the Confirmation prompt window, If “Prompt users with”, type the prompt you wish the users to receive and then click Next.

Step 6. Tick “Do not display a license” or “Display a license”. If yes, select the file you want to display for the users. Click Next.

Step 7. Add the files you want to create self-extracting archives > Hit Enter.

Step 8. Choose the way how the Installation window will be displayed > Click Next.

Step 9. Tick “No message” or “Display message” to select the Finished Message.

Step 10. Click Browse to enter the user’s download and execute target path and file name and then select the Options you wish you use.

Step 11. Choose whether to Save Self Extraction Directive or not > Click Next.

Step 12. Create Package > Click Next > Click Finish.

Once the package has been created, say your .exe file, make sure you TEST it so that you know it works as expected. When the user goes through the steps of extracting the files, they will be prompted to enter or browse for a path to extract to. Simple!

Create Self-Extracting Archives on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP with OSToto Archiver

Although Windows built-in command could handle the zipped files self-extracting task, still it takes tedious long procedures. To save your time and energy, you might as well try a third-party program to create self-extracting archives or files, like OSToto Archiver, a powerful file archive utility.

Click the button below to get OSToto Achiver instantly and take the following three easy steps to create self-extracting archives on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP .

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Step 1. Browse your archives to select one or multiple files you want to include.

Step 2. Click "SFX". Click "Browse" to select the destination folder to create your SFX files in the SFX dialogue window.

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Step 3. Click "Start" and it will begin to perform the self-extracting procedure.

Once the above 3 easy steps are completed. Double-click the self-extract file and then choose “Install” to extract it. Select the destination folder from the directory tree by clicking “Browse” or you can also input the destination folder manually.

With OSToto Archiver, not only can you create self-extracting archives on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP in seconds, but also compress, extract, and encrypt a wide range of files with ease. It supports most compression formats, such as ZIP, RAR, 7Z, TAR, LZH, CAB, GZIP, and ISO etc.

You may also want to check out:

How to Archive and Extract Files on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP

Hope you are in no trouble with how to create self-extracting archives after looking through this passage. Please make comment below to let us know if you still have questions or you get better way to create self-extracting archives.


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