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Hi Experts,

I'm new born to AutoIT so forgive me if it is too simple,

I was creating a simple GUI using AutoIT to excute a bat file. Basically this is how it works

I have few setupfiles, reg keys and ini files in a folder ( also has sub folders ) , 3 bat files each with different switches to perform certain task.

I'm trying to create a .exe file which should contain the complete folder ( and its subfolder ) . Exe should include the "Source" folder and copy it to "temp" folder when i run the exe.

I tried fileinstall but unfortunately it copies only one file and not the folder ( if i'm not wrong ). Tried filecopy, Dircopy but these commands dont embed files to exe.

Please assist.

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hello and welcome to AutoIt and the forum,

this is how i did it: using 7zip (freeware and open source) i distribute a group of auxiliary files with my script.

in the script folder, i put files 7z.exe & 7z.dll

i put all auxiliary files in a subfolder named AuxFiles

before compile, i create a 7zip archive, like this: (DOS command)

7z.exe a AuxFiles.7z AuxFiles*

and this is the part of the script:

; declare variables
Global $sTempPath=@TempDir&'\MyScript_files\'
Global $sTempPath_program=$sTempPath&'program\'
; embed/extract the 7zip program files and the archive to be extracted
; extract the archive
RunWait($sTempPath&'7z.exe x AuxFiles.7z -o"'&$sTempPath_program&'" -aoa',$sTempPath,@SW_HIDE)

for better performance you can eliminate the 7z.exe and use the 7z.dll directly, use the 7zip UDF here:

'?do=embed' frameborder='0' data-embedContent>>

also there is a pure AutoIt archiving instead of 7zip, here:

'?do=embed' frameborder='0' data-embedContent>>

try it out, let us know if you need further guidance.

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You can only FileInstall individual files into an existing folder, so I would first create a suitable tree within the "temp" folder with DirCreate before Fileinstalling each of the files that you wish copy into the relevant folders. A bit more code for you to write, but this approach has worked for me in the past. :)


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Yeah, just about to mention this too.

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Thanks to One and all, to be frank I dint even know about AutoIT scripting. Recently i tried to create a simple GUI front end for help  desk guys, when I googled it led me directly to AutoIT.

This completely changed the way I look at scripts now. 

Also, I was not expecting these many response in such a short time, thank you everyone... You guys Rock.

Regarding the script, 7z.exe does a great job, easy way to copy folder. However is there a way to use something built-in windows component to create Zip (I know Universalist shared the link for that, but it was way to complicated for beginner like me)

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