Solved Install a program from a set of files (including SETUP.EXE)

May 25, 2016 at 16:00:27
Specs: Windows XP SP3
I have downloaded an old program from WinWorld. It came as a zip file that I have successfully unpacked using WinZip32. The contents are:

- a file called SETUP.EXE (labelled "install application")
- a collection of files and folders that look like they belong in Program Files.

I have put the whole structure in a folder on my desktop. This means SETUP.EXE is at the top level of the folder tree.

The question is, now what? Niothing happens when I click on SETUP.EXE - and I'm not surprised, since presumably SETUP doesn't contain what it needs and doesn't know where to find it.

What should one do in these circumstances? I am used to installations that consist of a single file that somehow contains everything needed.


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May 25, 2016 at 18:32:56
Your link is bad (you included a period at the end). This one works: https://winworldpc.com/download/808...

It's a .7z file. I just downloaded & unzipped using Peazip to reveal PictureIt-2.iso which I unpacked again using Peazip. The folder contains 27 files, many of them dated 1997. If you want to get it to install, simply right click on setup.exe, select Properties, click the Compatibility tab, check the box for "run this program in compatibility mode for" & select Windows 95. Also check the box for "Run program as administrator". Click Apply.

When that's done, double click on setup.exe to install. I've tested it & it works.

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May 25, 2016 at 16:35:43
You would normally put the whole of the contents into a folder then double click the setup file. Is that what you've done (I wasn't sure what you meant by putting setup.exe in the top level of the tree).

If this is a free program (and safe) give me a link to it and I'll see what I can make of it.

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May 25, 2016 at 16:44:47
Point us to the program so we can see what you downloaded: https://winworldpc.com/library

Generally, all you have to do is download the file, unzip it, open the folder, right click on setup.exe, & then click "run as administrator" or "open"

BTW, why are you using WinZip32? XP has a built-in "unzipper". Or a good freebie program is PeaZip: http://www.peazip.org/

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May 25, 2016 at 16:48:16
Thanks very much, Derek. Here is WinWorld's main link: https://winworldpc.com/
and the link to the program download (Microsoft's Picture It! v2.0) is https://winworldpc.com/download/808... (It's quite big; 445Mb. On my old XP system it took around 20 mins to come down.)

I believe this site to be quite safe though I haven't managed to do the install so I don't know if my antivirus (360 total security) would object. It's pretty vigilant and hasn't been triggered so far. The website's raison d'etre blurbule looks bona fide to me.


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#4
May 25, 2016 at 16:52:49
Thanks, rrider. Please see my reply to Derek for the link.

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#5
May 25, 2016 at 17:16:59
Can you recheck the link to the download - it doesn't seem to go to it? Once posted double click the link to see if it goes to the right place.

I had a look at WinWorld's site and all I could find was a CD version but this was an ISO and had no setup file (although it does have possibilities if you burn the ISO):
https://winworldpc.com/download/808...

I'm off to bed (UK). Will be back tomorrow but riider will probably beat me to it.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
May 25, 2016 at 17:26:25
Oh dear Derek; I'm sorry. It looks like the right link but I agree, from here it's not going to the right place.

Try page 18 of the WinWorld library. The Picture It! link (winworldpc.com/product/picture-it) is towards the bottom of this alphabetical page. When you go there, a right-click on the download link shows the URL I gave above, i.e. winworldpc.com/download/8088FB36-3EFF-11E5-90A8-C86000DD9ED6. (It's hard to stop this site from changing text into html but fingers crossed!)

I am off to bed too (also UK!)

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#7
May 25, 2016 at 17:32:33
I'm confused. You seem to be giving a link to the CD version which is what I tried and doesn't contain a setup file. It is possible to use it if you have a CD burner. Can assist with that tomorrow if necessary.

EDIT:
I think I know what might be happening. When you extract from the zip file it should create a folder "Microsoft Picture It! 2.0" containing these two files:
PictureIt-2.iso
winworldpc.com.txt (unimportant).

If you attempted to use Winzip on the ISO file then you might well have seen files including a setup file. This is because an ISO is itself a form of compressed file. The ISO is about 666MB.

As said, it is for producing a CD but you don't just copy the ISO onto the disk. Pick you up tomorrow.

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May 25, 2016 at 17:53:11
Oh gosh, I saw "CD" in brackets but had no idea that this would be a problem. After all, many applications come on a CD... BTW there IS a file called setup.exe in the zip. I cannot seem to upload a screenshot, alas.

Maybe we can talk about burning tomorrow? Thanks! I'm sure we are both knackered now. :) Speak later.


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May 25, 2016 at 17:58:06
OK, had just edited my #7 so take another peek.

If you can get that ISO file out of the download by just opening the original zip then we will be ready to go to the burning process, assuming you have a CD writer.

Nite

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May 25, 2016 at 18:32:56
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Your link is bad (you included a period at the end). This one works: https://winworldpc.com/download/808...

It's a .7z file. I just downloaded & unzipped using Peazip to reveal PictureIt-2.iso which I unpacked again using Peazip. The folder contains 27 files, many of them dated 1997. If you want to get it to install, simply right click on setup.exe, select Properties, click the Compatibility tab, check the box for "run this program in compatibility mode for" & select Windows 95. Also check the box for "Run program as administrator". Click Apply.

When that's done, double click on setup.exe to install. I've tested it & it works.

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#11
May 26, 2016 at 03:33:28
Yes .7z is a 7zip file that either 7zip itself or Peazip will open. As the ISO is itself a compressed file it will expand out to its native contents, as per riider's post. That way it can indeed be used without having to first put it onto a CD.

EDIT:
Not sure why it didn't work in the first place, unless it was expecting to be initiated from a CD. If so we will have to burn the ISO as mentioned previously.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#12
May 26, 2016 at 05:56:50
Hi riider, hi Derek.

Happy to say that it has now installed! There were a few failure messages along the way but evidently it wasn't critical.

What I didn't know was that I had to select Compatibility Mode for Setup.exe. (I have Admin privilege so that wasn't problem.) And I would never have guessed that the right mode was Windows 95 - I would probably have selected XP since that's what I'm on here.

By gosh, this is an old and clunky program - shall keep my eyes peeled for a more recent free-to-download version. (Not very interested in 14/30 day trials.)

Thanks again for help. BTW, how do I make this one Solved? I cannot find any way of doing it.


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#13
May 26, 2016 at 06:00:27
Ah, no worries - it has marked itself Solved now that I've selected a Best Answer.

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#14
May 26, 2016 at 06:18:29
Are you looking for free photo editing software?

Snapfiles is a good place to get started. They host a heap of software and test and rate also. They also check for malware and bundled software. It is also worth looking at user reviews:

http://www.snapfiles.com/downloadfi...

Edit: the link provided has all shareware and full price software filtered to show only full free software. Ignore the top result as that one has been promoted.

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#15
May 26, 2016 at 06:30:08
Thanks, btk1w1. There is lot of excellent free image processing software out there but I have a huge investment in MS Digital Image Pro and am unwilling to climb yet another learning curve if it can possibly be avoided! I am still only part-way through learning Paint.NET - still cannot manage montages, one of my most frequent needs. :)

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#16
May 26, 2016 at 07:03:09
Glad to hear "Picture It" is now sorted and thanks for popping back to let us know. Nice one riider too.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#17
May 26, 2016 at 07:08:01
Cool. Makes perfect sense. Hopefully you find the software that suits your needs most.

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#18
May 26, 2016 at 07:51:09
Thanks, all. I have really appeciated the total absence here of "why do you want to do that?" and "you'd be better migrating to Windows 10" and "the only image processing software you need is Gimp".

I have made a note in my 'how to' folder about the Compatibility thing.


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#19
May 26, 2016 at 10:04:56
... but I do like Gimp though, LOL.

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#20
May 26, 2016 at 13:03:04
"I have really appeciated the total absence here of "why do you want to do that?""

I had considered asking ;-)


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