If you have used Visual Studio to create an installer, then you will find that their are two output files required for the installation – setup.exe and setup,msi. You can zip these together into a package, but what if you want a single EXE file installer? Well you can use 7-Zip to create a packaged EXE installer which will then execute your Visual Studio installer all in one go.
First of all, you need a few pre-requisites which are listed below:
- 7-Zip should be installed on the machine you are creating the EXE package with
- You need the “7zS.sfx” file which can be downloaded from our Downloads section
So, you will first need to use 7-Zip to package together your Visual Studio setup files (setup.msi and setup.exe), but instead of compressing them into a zip file, you need to compress them into a 7z file:
You then need to create a “config.txt” file. You should use Notepad++ to create this file and ensure that you are using UTF-8. To do this, click the “Encoding Menu” and choose “Encode in UTF-8”.
Then you need to enter the following into the config.txt file:
You should edit the config.txt to how you require it.
Then create a folder (lets call it C:package for this guide) and put in the following files:
You then need to package up the three files to create your EXE in all one installer. To do this, create a text file in “C:Package” and rename it run.bat – ensuring that you have made the file a batch file and no longer a text file (changing the file extension). Then edit this file and enter the following and save:
copy /b 7zS.sfx + config.txt + package.7z package.exe
Note that the “package.exe” is the filename you want to give to your final installer output.
Once you have done this, you should now find that you have a EXE standalone installer – run it and test it to ensure that everything is how you want it to be.
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