Its amazing what you find tucked under the Windows hood!
IExpress is packed up inside Windows (XP and 7 tested) and can be used to wrap up a series of files into one stand-alone executable (.exe). The benefit of this is that rather than send someone a whole folder of files, and explain to them that they have to double click a specific one, they only have the single option!
For this tutorial I have used the popular AVI analysis tool Gspot. This comes in a folder with a number of other necessary files. All we want is one single file.
Start > Run > then type > iexpress
Enter your Title and click Next
Select your Files and Click Open, then Next
Choose your program to Launch and then select Next
Select Hidden and then Next
No need to bother with a message – Click Next
Choose your Target file name and path. Its easy to place your newly created .exe on the desktop.
No need for a restart – Click Next
No Need to save, unless you really want to (perhaps if creating bigger and configurable launchers), Click Next.
You will now have a self opening executable that is considerably smaller in size than the folder by itself. When launched, it extracts to your Local App Data Temp folder. When closed, its removed.
This can not only be used for tools and players by themselves but also enables you to package up video files and their associated player for easy dissemination.
This is the first post in a series, dedicated to the packaging of players and tools.