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how to install from .7z archive???

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by zapp22, Apr 1, 2010.

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  1. zapp22

    zapp22 Thread Starter

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    I'm quite the noob to windows 7. I'm outfitting a system and thought i would install vlc media player which I've used well on several xp systems. so, I read a few notes and decided to install from the Archive version which is a lot smaller than the self install. I was surprised that Windows 7 did not know what to do with that type of file.
    So I downloaded a compression utility, extracted all the files. I thought it would be obvious as to how to install, but I wuz wrong, at least for me....

    Can someone give me the quick education on this topic?

    thx
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  2. leroys1000

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    The 7zip version is a standalone application.
    It doesn't require installation.
    Open the folder to get to the files and run vlc.exe.
     
  3. zapp22

    zapp22 Thread Starter

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    hmm... i did that and it wasn't coherent. am I supposed to park all those dll's and stuff somewhere importan?
     
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    "it wasn't coherent" What does that mean? You couldn't run the executable? You got an error? What happened?
     
  5. zapp22

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    Hit the executable "vlc.exe", it opens to the main player window, then I punched up the file-open-play menu, selected the DVD drive which has a sample movie in it, and hit play. The player bails out with an error [because it is not setup... its just sitting in a holding area with all its folders and .dll's and such]. I didn't/don't think that merely unzipping the archive to a temp folder would accomplish a Win7 "install".

    But, I was also quite puzzled that Win7 does not, or did not, have built in to it an archive application... so I had to go fetch one, load it, then deal with the archive.
    Is there any reason to NOT use a qualified windows installer for such a thing? [their competitors do]
     
  6. leroys1000

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    Click tools/preferences from the vlc menu and make
    sure the settings are set the way you need them.
    Then save.

    They use 7zip because it is free so it doesn't add
    unnecessary expense to a free program.
     
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