Create Self-Extracting 7z Archives directly from Windows Explorer

Once installed, the Paquet Builder's menu extension for Windows Explorer lets you:

  • package up group of files, entire folders into compressed .exe files and with optional encryption;
  • convert .7z archives into Self-Extracting archive .exe files;

directly from Windows Explorer using context menu: select files, folders or .7z archives then right click and choose "Compress into a Self-Extracting .exe". That's all!

Shell Extension

Download Paquet Builder Explorer Extension

In order to download and install the shell extension on your computer, please follow these steps:

download infoAbout this download:

  • Filename: pbextsetup32.exe or pbextsetup64.exe
  • Size: 855 kb (32-bit) or 1065 kb (64-bit)
  • MD5 hashsum: 4AC7E92F7E38EE1B0BDCB5ED6D6B3382 (32-bit) or 749B8347686E5EC76B86653D39C40F65 (64-bit)
  • Version reference: 2.0.0
  • Files digitally signed (with Microsoft Authenticode) to authenticate our company (G.D.G. Software SAS) as well as to ensure that the code has not been altered. Please verify the publisher to ensure you have downloaded genuine software.

How to install the extension

download infoOnce your download is complete, run the pbextsetupNN.exe installer file and follow the instructions displayed. Ensure that Windows Explorer is closed.

This shell extension works with any recent version of Windows. It requires Paquet Builder 3 in order to compress and generate SFX archives.

How to use the extension

Paquet Builder shell extension lets you compress group of files, entire folders (with subfolders, keeping the directory structure) into Self-Extracting archives (SFX), and turn existing 7-Zip archives (.7z) into self-extracting EXE files.

1. In Windows Explorer,

  • select one or more files, right click and choose "Compress into a Self-Extracting .exe".
  • right click on a folder and choose "Compress into a Self-Extracting .exe".
  • right click on a 7z file (7-Zip archive) and choose "Convert to a Self-Extracting .exe".

2. The following dialog box will appear:

Shell Extension Dialog

You can modify pre-defined settings if you wish, like Window Title, Description and the path to the Self-Extracting EXE file that will be created. Click "Build" to continue.

3. Paquet Builder is then started silently, compiles and your Self-Extracting archive is created:

New SFX file

4. If you launch the .exe file, you (and anyone you send the .exe to) will see this result:

SFX package: welcome

and when clicking Next:

SFX package: choose directory

You select the path where you want your files to be extracted to and you click Next. 7-Zip is not required at all.

bulletYou can change the title "Paquet Archive" using the "Window Title" field.

bulletPaquet Builder can create tailored Self-Extracting archives: you can customize your SFX archives from A to Z in a snap.

If you would like to create more advanced Self-Extracting archives, you can use Paquet Builder:

  • enable "Open Paquet Builder to customize the output settings" and Paquet Builder will be opened when you click on Create. Your Self-Extracting archive is not created until you compile it in Paquet Builder.
  • or you can enable "Create a Paquet Builder project file for later use when compiling". In this case, the Self-Extracting archive is created and a project file (.pbpx extension) is also output. Then double-click on this .pbpx file to open Paquet Builder and modify the project.

How to uninstall the extension

To uninstall Paquet Builder shell extension, select the Add/Remove Programs icon in the Windows Control Panel, then highlight Paquet Builder - Explorer Extension Add-On and click Remove.