Using Windows Expand Tool to Extract CAB Files


If you are a regular user of downloaded CAB driver packs then you are probably using something like 7-Zip to extract them.

Well there is an alternative way of extracting the CAB file using a basic Windows tool.

Download your CAB file and make note of the file location. Then open a command prompt and go to the location of your CAB file:

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Then type in the following command:

expand . -f:*


  • = the name of the CAB file you want to extract

For this guide purposes we will use the Dell Latitude 5480 Windows 10 drivers:

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Hit Enter and the process will start the extraction:

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Once complete, it will show many files have been extracted:

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You can then go and take a look in File Explorer and you should see the full extracted file structure now available to you:

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Video Demo

We have created a quick video demo on this process to go through the steps as above:


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