HOWTO: Extract files from distributed executable


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Article ID: Q100002

The information in this article applies to:

  • Direct I/O, version 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4


It may be necessary to extract the files from the distributed executable, for example to make customizations to the SETUP.INI file. This article explains how to do that.


Direct I/O comes as a self-extracting executable. The advantage of this distribution method is the easy handling. The disadvantage however shows when there are modifications to be made to single files of the installation. This might be in case of a customized installation as explained in article Q100001.

Steps to extract all files

Version 4.2 and above:

  1. Open DIRECTIO.EXE with a packer utility like WinZip.
  2. Extract all files to a directory of your choice.
    Note that there must be 15 files.

Version 4.0 and 4.1:

  1. Run the setup by typing: DIRECTIO.EXE <enter>
  2. Answer the first question "This will install Direct I/O. Do you wish to continue?" with Yes.
  3. Wait until the next installation dialog shows up.
  4. Open the Windows NT Explorer (or your favorite file manager) and go to your temp directory. If you are unsure which directory you should choose please start CMD.EXE and type SET TEMP<enter>. The path returned is your temp directory.
  5. Select the folowing list of files in this directory and copy them to another directory of your choice.
    Note that there must be 18 files.
  6. Go back to the installation dialog and exit the installation.

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