How to Extract Files From a Setup.exe

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How to Extract Files From a Setup.exe
Extracted files from a setup.exe can be found on your hard drive by doing some simple navigation. (computer image by blaine stiger from

Almost every piece of software that is on a computer must first be installed. To simplify this task, software developers have created set-up files which contain all the files needed for that software to run correctly. These set-up programs will extract and copy all the necessary files to the users hard drive automatically. Files can be extracted from the .EXE file without even installing the software. By exploring your hard drive, it is possible to locate the files that the installer has extracted.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Close all programs.

  2. 2

    Run the "Setup.EXE" file from which you wish to extract the files. Click the "Next" button on the first page of the installer. The installer will then extract its files to the "Temp" folder.

  3. 3

    Open "My Computer."

  4. 4

    Navigate to your hard drive (typically the "C:\" drive). Click the "WINDOWS" folder. Within the folder click "Temp."

  5. 5

    Select the file you seek then click "Copy This File" located in the left-hand "File and Folder Tasks" tab. Select a destination then click "Paste."

Tips and warnings

  • If the files you wish to extract from the ".EXE" installer do not appear in your "Temp" folder, you may need to use unpacker software.
  • Files can sometimes be extracted from a setup.EXE file by right-clicking the set-up file then clicking "Explore."
  • Do not delete files or folders from within the "WINDOWS" folder as this may cause damage to your computer.

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