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Unpacking an EXE file

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  1. yonyz

    yonyz Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I've downloaded a ad-supported free full game, "Prince of Persia The Sands of Time", and it's installation file don't work ("internal error").

    How can I extract it's content without using the installer?
     
  2. Blackmirror

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    Where did you download it from please?
    Also
    You will need an Ubi.com account and you must live in the U.S. to play the game.
     
  3. Elvandil

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    Did you get it here?

    http://www.gamershell.com/download_20868.shtml

    Is the file size correct? Do you kknow what type of installer it uses?

    It may be possible to extract, though it could be compressed to prevent such a thing. But that would not guarantee that it would be possible to use it after it was extracted. How far does the installer get? It may be already extracted in your temp folder if it gets far enough.

    Start > Run > %temp%
     
  4. yonyz

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    I downloaded it from GamersHell.
    I do have a Ubi.com account, but am not living in the U.S.

    Maybe I can bypass the login process, if I extract it?

    Elvandil, the installer doesn't extract any files, because I get this error right after
    writing my Ubi.com user details, which is the first thing to do after I agree to the terms of use.
     
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    I used Universal Extractor to extract the single exe file, and I got a folder with a few files, but I still need to install it, so it doesn't solve my problem.
    What I want to do is bypass the installer, and extract the files so I can run the game.

    The files created by extracting "PrinceOfPersiaSetup.exe":
    _Setup.dll
    data1.cab
    data1.hdr
    data2.cab
    ISSetup.dll
    layout.bin
    setup.exe
    setup.ini
    setup.inx
     
  7. Elvandil

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    There is no guarantee that even if you get the files, you can run it. Installers put files in multiple locations throughout the file system, and registry entries may be needed for running of the game.

    Those may be specialized .cab files that will not be extractable with normal .cab archivers. The InstallShield suite includes a cab file viewer for their type, and Archivarius may be able to open some of them and Microsoft cab files.
     
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    Can someone please explain to me how my post ended up here?

    And who is "newbe"?
     
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