Make an “EXE” Installation File


Open Start Windowsby tapping Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

Browse for the notepad in the search bar in windows option.

Tap It’s a blue-and-white, notebook-shaped icon at the top of the Start window.


Enter your EXE’s program code. If you already have it typed out somewhere else on your computer type in the code one line at a time, or copy and it into the Notepad document.

  • You may want to have someone else perform this step for you.
  • If you don’t know how to code. You can also find EXE file code for basic programs online.

Tap file. This option is in the top-left corner of the Notepad window. Doing so prompts a drop-down menu.

Tap SaveAs. It’s in the File drop-down menu.

Click the “Save as type” drop-down box. This is visible near the bottom of the window.

  • The current “Save as type” drop-down box should read Text Documents (*.txt).

Go to drop-down box by clicking All files

Enter a name for your EXE file. Type in a name followed by .exe in the “File name”. This saves your file as an EXE.

For instance, you would type in bananas.exe to name the EXE file “bananas”.

Select a save location. Tap a folder on the left side of the window to select it as the place where your file will be saved.

Tap Save. It is located in the bottom-right corner of the screen. This saves your EXE file in your selected location under the specified name.

Creating an EXE Installer

Open Start. Tap the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.


Goto Start and type iexpress . This searches for the iexpress command.

Tap iexpress. It resembles a grey filing cabinet. You’ll find this at the top of the Start window.

Check the “Create new Self Extraction Directive file” box which is in the middle of the page. By default, this option should be checked but if it isn’t checked, check it.

This is in the bottom-right corner of the window by clicking Next.

Check the “Extract files only” box. It’s in the middle of the page. Tap Next.


Enter a name for your EXE file. Type the file’s name into the text field in the middle of the window, then click Next.

Decide whether or not you want to use a text prompt. Tap Next to skip using a text prompt, or check “Prompt user with”. Then type a phrase or word into the text box before tapping Next.

  • Using prompt causes a window with your typed text to appear to the user of the EXE file.

Decide to use license or not. Tap Next if you don’t want to show the EXE user a license agreement as they have to read and agree to. Check the “Display a license” box if you want to use a license agreement and tap Open. Tap Next to proceed.

Tap Add. This is below the box in the middle of the window. Doing so will open a new File Explorer window in which you can select files to add to your EXE installer.

  • Whoever opens the EXE installer, the files that you add to the EXE installer will be installed.

Select files to add. Tap a file location on the left side of the File Explorer window. Then select files by tapping and dragging the mouse across a  group of files you want to use.

  • Independently, you can also select files by holding Ctrl while tapping individual files.

Tap Open. This is situated in the bottom-right corner of the window. Doing so adds your files to your EXE installer.

  • After this point you can also add more files by tapping Add again and then select more files to add.

Tap Next.

Tap Next by checking the “Default” box. This box is placed on the top of the window.

You need to decide to include the final message or not. You can choose to display a message for the user once your EXE installer finishes running. Check the “Display messsage” box. Type in the message you want to use and then tap Next.

  • Just tap Next, if you want to skip the final message.

Add the program that you want to install. This is the EXE program that you created earlier. Tap Browse, navigate to the file’s location. Tap the file and tap Save.

  • You can also check the “Hide File Extracting Process Animation from User”  box to ensure that the EXE installs without much visual input.

Tap Next three times. This creates the EXE installer. Depending on how many files you are adding to the EXE installer as this process can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes.

Tap Finish. This is situated at the bottom of the window. Doing so will save the file. Your EXE installer is now ready for use.

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