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How do I extract drivers from *.exe files

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  • Started 6 years ago by pdragonfly
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pdragonfly
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Hi, I'm trying to slipstream using Nlite, as per the guide. And I've run into two problems.
(I'm doing this on my old computer, making the disk to use on the new computer).

Problem One:
I downloaded all the necessary drivers from the Dell site for my new computer and put them into a file Called Dell Drivers - they are all *exe files.

So when I use Nlite and get to the part where I'm choosing the folder with the drivers in it, Nlite doesn't 'find' any drivers (because they are still in the *.exe files.

So I need to extract them, but not sure if I extract them that they will execute themselves into my old computer system.

How do I solve this problem?

Problem Two:
I copied all the files from my XP disk and put it into a folder called: Temp windows xp folder.
When I started Nlite and chose the folder, after Nlite did its thing, it showed "arabic" as the language instead of English.

How do I get Nlite to recognize that this is an English version of XP?

Thanks so much. I would love to get going on this. Spent hours combing the net and these forums for answers.

P.S. this is so that I can just have xp on my new computer (and not any vista). So its a clean install with the necessary drivers.

Posted 6 years ago
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pdragonfly
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Very disappointed I didn't get answers.

Posted 6 years ago
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Scott
Scott
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On behalf of all the regular posters here at HTG, I'd like to extend my sincere apologies that you didn't get an answer in the requisite amount of time before becoming "very disappointed".

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jd2066
jd2066
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Unfortunately, due the amount of threads on this forum and the small amount of regular posters it is not possible for all the questions to be answered within 1 day or even a few days in some cases.
I agree it is a little disappointing when a thread isn't answered within a day though but that is how things work.
To answer your question you can use a program like 7-Zip to extract files from exe archives.
Here is how with 7-Zip:
1. Download and install 7-Zip from http://www.7-zip.org/
2. Open 7-Zip and browse to the folder containing the exe.
3. Right click on the exe file and click "Open Inside".
4. Double click a folder inside if needed to get to the files.
5. Select the files you need by clicking on them while holding down the ctrl key.
6. Right click on the selected files and click "Copy To".
7. Type a path or click on the "..." button to browse for a folder.
8. Click Ok.

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whs
whs
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jd, sorry for jumping in. But I have the same problem. I want to move all my installed programs that I downloaded from the web (all those nice little helpers - about 30 of them) to another computer at another location. If I understand your procedure right, all it takes is to put the .exe into a .zip folder and they are "transportable". I would then just put them on a two and a half inch disk to carry them around. Some that I downloaded came in a .zip folder and I usually kept the .zip. For those, I can just take that .zip? Do I understand that correctly?

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jd2066
jd2066
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@whs: I'm not exactly sure what you are asking or how it relates to this thread.
All files are transportable you can just copy them all to a folder on the disk and that is that.
This thread is talking about getting the drivers files out of a EXE file. Which works for EXEs that have a ZIP file within them.

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whs
whs
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jd, I am talking about transporting programs that I downloaded and "saved" in Downloads. I want to install them on another system without having to download them again.

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jd2066
jd2066
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@whs: Ok. For that assuming your Flash Drive is F:\ all you have to do is:
1. Open the Downloads Folder in one Windows Explorer window.
2. Open the F:\ in another Windows Explorer window.
3. In the F:\ window right click in the window and select New->Folder.
4. Type something like "Download Transport" and double click it.
5. In the Downloads folder select all the files you want.
Ctrl+Click for each file or Ctrl+A to select all files.
6. Click and hold the mouse button down and move the mouse to the "Download Transport" window and let go of the mouse.
7. Those downloads from the Downloads folder that is on the C:\ drive will copied to the "F:\Download Transport" folder as they are separate drives.

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whs
whs
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Thanks jd. Very clear as usual.

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Hoorah
Hoorah
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@ Justin :)Thank you so much for posting exactly how to use 7-Zip.

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