How to Install a CAB File With the Command Line


A CAB file is a proprietary file format developed by Microsoft Corporation. It is an archive file in which a multitude of files can be compressed into one ".cab" file. The concept is identical to the popular ".zip" and ".rar" compression formats. Microsoft Windows has a built-in command line software utility called "Expand" that enables you to extract ".cab" files.

  • Double click on the "Computer" icon, in your Windows Desktop, and then double click on the "C:" drive. This is your main system hard disk drive.

  • Right click inside this drive and choose "New" and then click on "Folder." Name the folder to "files" and press the "Enter" button on your keyboard.

  • Drag and drop the ".cab" file into the "files" folder that you have just created. Rename the ".cab" file to "" To rename the file, right click on it and choose the "Rename" option and type in a file name.

  • Click on the Windows Start Menu button and type "Command Prompt" in the search field entitled "Search programs and files." Click on "Command Prompt." This will open a window which looks similar to MS-DOS, in which you can enter commands.

  • Type the following command: "expand c:\files\" without the quotation marks. This will expand all of the files that are compressed within the ".cab" files into the "files" directory on your main system hard disk drive.

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