World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Article Id: WHEBN0025456342
Reproduction Date:

Title: IExpress  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: List of Microsoft Windows components, .NET Framework, Print Services for UNIX, Windows Hardware Error Architecture, Remote Differential Compression
Collection: Installation Software
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


A component of Microsoft Windows
Screenshot of IExpress in Windows Vista
Type Self-contained installation packages maker
Included with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8

IExpress is a Microsoft utility bundled with various editions of Windows operating systems (32-bit and 64-bit): Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows 8. It was also included as part of all Internet Explorer Administration Kit releases 4, 5 and 6, and was part of all installations of Internet Explorer 6.
IEXPRESS.EXE is used to create a single self-extracting package from a set of files. Such packages can be used to install applications, executables, drivers, other system components, or setup bootstrappers.


  • About the tool 1
  • Creating a self-extracting package 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

About the tool

IExpress (IEXPRESS.EXE) can be used for distributing self-contained installation packages (INF-based setup executables) to multiple local or remote Windows computers. It creates a self-extracting executable (.EXE) or a compressed Cabinet (.CAB) file using either the provided front end interface (IExpress Wizard), or a custom Self Extraction Directive (SED) file.[1] SED files can be modified with any plain text/ASCII editor, like Notepad. All self-extracting files created by IExpress use CAB compression algorithms, are compressed using the MakeCab (MAKECAB.EXE) tool,[2] and are extracted using the WExtract (WEXTRACT.EXE) tool.

IEXPRESS.EXE is located in the SYSTEM32 folder of both Windows 32 and 64-bit installations. The front end interface (IExpress Wizard) can be started by manually navigating to the respective directory and opening the executable (IExpress.exe), or by typing IExpress into the Run window of the Start Menu. It can also be used from the command line (DOS console or batch file) to create custom installation packages, eventually unattended (automated operation):

IEXPRESS /N drive_letter:\directory_name\file_name.SED

Creating a self-extracting package

IExpress Wizard interface guides the user through the process of creating a self-extracting package. It asks what the package should do: extract files and then run a program, or just extract files. It then allows the user to specify a title for the package, add a confirmation prompt, add a license agreement that the end-user must accept in order to allow extraction, select files to be archived, set display options for the progress window, and finally, specify a message to display upon completion.
If the option to create an archive and run a program is selected, then there will be an additional step, prompting the user to select the program that will be run upon extraction.


  1. ^ MDGx: INF Guide: SED Overview
  2. ^ MS TechNet: IExpress Technology and the IExpress Wizard

External links

  • MSDN: Using IExpress Wizard to Create a DPInst Installation Package
  • MS TechNet: IExpress Technology and the IExpress Wizard
  • MDGx: Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK): Guides, Resources & Downloads
  • MDGx: Complete INF + IEAK Guide
  • MDGx: Setup Information (INF) & Self Extraction Directive (SED) files: Guides, Resources & Downloads
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.