1. Joined : Jul 2016
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Posts : 249
    Windows 10 Professional
       24 Oct 2016 #1

    How To Combine Multiple Files Into One EXE File


    Hello. I have one EXE file and multiple DLL files in that same folder that are required to run the EXE. I am not a programmer, yet does anyone know of a free program that can combine all these files together into 1 EXE file. Once I open the EXE file, everything will work since all the DLL files would load also. Anyone know a program that can do this?

    Thanks
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  2. Joined : Jul 2016
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Posts : 249
    Windows 10 Professional
       24 Oct 2016 #2

    Never mind. Saw a tutorial of iexpress. Works perfectly
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Spring Valley
    Posts : 558
    Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Ultimate
       24 Oct 2016 #3

    pepanee said: View Post
    Never mind. Saw a tutorial of iexpress. Works perfectly
    Right! I came in here to suggest that. looks like you found it. Haha!

    I have a Program I install to networked PC's, after installation I have to add Mods to them. Rather than drag bunches of little files into the Program Folder, I created a self extractor that places them all on the folders I need. I can run it from the host computer and it trickles down into the Workstations, (The only time "Trickle Down" ever worked, heh) I just have to point the output to the shares on the workstations, which is the root folder of the program.

    You can do kind of the same thing with WinRAR when creating an executable archive, you can embed scripts into it. I actually used this method for an WinRAR beta archive I had, to place the folder in Program Files.
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  4. Joined : Jul 2016
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Posts : 249
    Windows 10 Professional
       24 Oct 2016 #4

    Lol, thanks for checking up on me in here =)

    Yea, that iexpress program is pretty cool.

    It's funny how Windows has so many hidden programs scattered all over inside the Operating System. And when I went through this whole iexpress program, it looks so ancient! I believe it was programmed in the Windows Operating System from around Windows 95 or 98, because there's an option in there that pops up a question asking something to do with Windows 95. That was hilarious.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2016
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Posts : 249
    Windows 10 Professional
       24 Oct 2016 #5

    Also used Resource Hacker to change the icon of the newly created EXE back to the icon of the program that I wanted.
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  6. Joined : Aug 2015
    Spring Valley
    Posts : 558
    Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Ultimate
       24 Oct 2016 #6

    pepanee said: View Post
    Also used Resource Hacker to change the icon of the newly created EXE back to the icon of the program that I wanted.
    You can actually choose a custom icon while assembling the EXE. Or maybe I am thinking of WinRAR.

    Yah, I first stumbled, literally stumbled across iexpress in Windows XP, I thought "vast is dis?", I thought it had something to do with Internet Explorer, so I ran it, and when I saw what it was, I knew it was instantly usable.

    I don't know if it existed in Windows 2000 or before, it may reference Win95 because most tool like that do, if it asks for a target OS, back during XP, there were still Windows 95 and 98 systems still being used in the marketplace. Actually, today, in Poland, there is one company that uses something like an IBM PC/XT to do all of their bookkeeping. It's not actually an IBM, something else, but similar and probably running Machine Basic haha.
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  7. Joined : Jul 2016
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Posts : 249
    Windows 10 Professional
       24 Oct 2016 #7

    Yea you're right. Most likely this program was created back during XP because 95 and 98 didn't have that many programs and modifications and stuff. And yes iexpress looks like it is newer than the 95 or 98 days.

    Too bad it took me a while to figure at first why I wasn't able to get the program to work the first time; you have to run it as an Administrator! Ugh, that was an annoying 10 minutes at first, but after that, everything looked so nice!

    Lol maybe I'll combine all my Portable apps into 1 EXE file, (excluding the custom ini settings files or whatnot).

    It looks real good to simplify everything possible, you know?
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  8. Joined : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 2,373
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       24 Oct 2016 #8

    Back before WinXP, in fact a few version back, I used a little program called BAT2EXEC, create a batch file then run the program on it to create the .exe file. Think it came from one of the popular magazines back then such as maybe PCNovice. And WinZip has had support for zipping a file then convert to an .exe for decompressing when such a program was not available on a computer [before Windows had it built in].
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  9. Joined : Aug 2015
    Spring Valley
    Posts : 558
    Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Ultimate
       24 Oct 2016 #9

    Berton said: View Post
    Back before WinXP, in fact a few version back, I used a little program called BAT2EXEC, create a batch file then run the program on it to create the .exe file. Think it came from one of the popular magazines back then such as maybe PCNovice. And WinZip has had support for zipping a file then convert to an .exe for decompressing when such a program was not available on a computer [before Windows had it built in].
    Yah I used that, I had a Batch File for my IBM PC/XT that loaded a menu so I could access AutoCAD 10 and other programs, I used that to change the batch file into an executable that ran when the system booted, later when I updated to Dos 6.2.2 on a 486 system, I used it there too, Until Windows 3.1 came out, then I didn't need it.
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