I was wondering if it's possible to create a "self extract" SFX that can extract the archived files and then auto run the setup.exe file?
if you`d have a closer look at 7-zip's homepage, you'd have found the link to some extra-packages containing such features or the link to http://7zsfx.solta.ru/en/ (if you manage to interpret russian you may can download a newer version than through the english page).
seems to be the actual adress for the same site :-)
My suggestion regarding newer versions seem to be true either (simply replace the "en" in the link with "ru" and hit the lowest entry on the left nav-bar).
Btw: http://forum.oszone.net/post-905152.html#post905152 has a link on top of the page / thread to a GUI for 7zSfx. Since I do not speak russian, I wonder which license it's under and if some russian-speaking people may translate it to (at least) english (ONLY IF LICENSE PERMITTS!) and give a link here.
1 Correct reference http://7zsfx.info, and http://7zsfx.solta.ru are out-of-date mirrors.
2 /ru contains fresher information and references to last versions of the module
3 The project (GUI for 7zSfx) was conducted in frameworks forum.oszone.net and licences are not stipulated.
However the project for a long time (May 2007) is stopped by the author and more is not supported. :(
As it stands GUI has strongly lagged behind possibilities of the modified module and cannot make a normal file of a configuration
thank you for making this clearer!
Haven't I read your name in above mentioned forum...?
English forum of the modified module here: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?s=0771daf6e199217ec7c67f2b8af4de9d&showtopic=101552&st=0
also, as a sidenote. windows XP comes with IEXPRESS.EXE that can create a self extracting archive that runs a batch file or a .vbs script at the end of it.