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Author Topic: How to add/delete files of an installer?  (Read 6484 times)

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How to add/delete files of an installer?
« on: September 27, 2006, 05:48:37 AM »
I received an .exe built by someone using InstallShield that copies bunch of folders and files to user's machine upon installation. I need to modify few of these files and repackage the .exe.

How do I do this other than via the expensive InstallShield? Any freeware?

Thanks.
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Re: How to add/delete files of an installer?
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2006, 06:14:44 AM »
I don't know if there's a freeware to change an existing InstallShield setup.

Perhaps it would be easier to create an own installer using InnoSetup + ISTTool (http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php#qsp). If you just need to install some files and perhaps create a shortcut, you can use WinRAR (self-extracting image).

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Re: How to add/delete files of an installer?
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2006, 06:17:21 AM »
Hi sri,
you could try UNIextract
http://www.legroom.n...e&app=uniextract
to unpack

and NSIS
http://en.wikipedia....table_Install_System
to build an new setup.exe

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Re: How to add/delete files of an installer?
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2006, 06:19:45 AM »
Ghost Installer has a free version available

and there is Nullsoft Installer

a bunch more listed here:

http://www.thefreeco...gramming/setup.shtml


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Re: How to add/delete files of an installer?
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2006, 08:45:50 PM »
Thanks for the replies. I posted the same Q on InstallShield's forums and here's the reply I got:

http://community.ins...wthread.php?t=163002.
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Re: How to add/delete files of an installer?
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2006, 11:54:10 PM »
Give this a try: IsXunpack099.rar

Quote from: the author
InstallShield 7.x Unpacker v-0.5 Released
This tool unpacks InstallShield 7.x Self-Extracting .EXE-files (like 3DMark03.exe).
I think this is a first tool which unpacks IS 7.x self-exe-files in the world!

Version 0.99 (06.04.2004)
-------------------------
+added All-in-Cab modification of IS-EXE file (see readme.txt for details);
+added many of expections for errors;
.fixed almost all of checks for errors;
.output information rewriten correctly, now it's clear for understanding
what's going on
.tested on more than 30 of different IS-Exe files with 2 modifications:
All-in-ONE (see readme) and All-in-CAB -> It's worked perfectly;

Source: http://exetools.com/...howthread.php?t=3619


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Re: How to add/delete files of an installer?
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2006, 02:00:26 AM »
Thanks for the replies. I posted the same Q on InstallShield's forums and here's the reply I got:

http://community.ins...wthread.php?t=163002.
Christ, what a roundabout way of doing things :)
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Re: How to add/delete files of an installer?
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2006, 01:50:44 PM »
If you are looking for freeware, you may try these: http://freewarearena.../Downloads/c=61.html

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Re: How to add/delete files of an installer?
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2006, 02:09:18 PM »
You can find a lot of freeware and shareware in download sites:
http://www.download....216_4-0.html?tag=dir
http://www.softpedia...creators/index.shtml