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Create a Standalone PowerPoint Presentation from PPT to EXE

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Hi,

I am trying to create an EXE of powerpoint so I can give io to my group for our meetings but get an error:

PowerPointEXEerror
My steps are:
- create my ppt (I have v2010)
- run iexpress wizard to creat my EXE

This always worked but in this computer for some reason no.

This comouter is Windows 7 pro with Ms2010.

I need to create EXE of thie powerpoint, help please.
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Geetesh BajajConsultant
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I think this last worked many years ago when I created this tutorial, PowerPoint to EXE (Part 1) in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows, but even then, Microsoft updated the viewer (PPTView.exe) and it was no longer possible to do so.

If you get a really old version of PowerPoint, with the old PowerPoint Viewer, and possibly an older version of Windows, it might still be doable. I think I last managed to make that work with PowerPoint 2007 on Windows XP.
John KorchokProduction Manager
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As Geetesh mentioned, that's old software. Microsoft is retiring Internet Explorer, and the iExpress Wizard was part of the Internet Explorer Administration Kit. It's likely been deprecated.

There are many Zip programs that can create self-extracting EXE files. I use WinZip for that, but 7-Zip can also do it, plus it's free. There is a downside to distributing EXE files these days, as most antivirus and email filtering software will assume they're hostile software.

As an alternative, consider uploading your presentation to OneDrive.com (they have free accounts), and using PowerPoint Online to show your presentation. You can send a Share link to the people you want to view the file. All they need is a web browser to watch.

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I use the iexpress to create the EXE not to create self-extracting EXE files.  In other words, I have PowerPoint and creeat the PPT files then I use the iexpress and send all of my group the EXE file so they can see the presentation (none have PowerPoint in their PC).

To better explain it, this YouTube Video will display what I used to do that now I have no success with it.

If the process is no longer working for Windows 7, what can I do?
John KorchokProduction Manager
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If they don't have PowerPoint, then you must have been bundling the PowerPoint Viewer. That piece of software has been removed from the Microsoft site. Please see my previous post about using PowerPoint Online instead.

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Using the online alternative exposes my PPT contents or is only view? (what I mean is if other user using this a;alternative wiltl be able to edit my PPT)

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Hi... I just answered my question: the PPT is editable.

I tested it and it was great, but when  the group starting getting happy because they can download, I stopped everything (I can't have them with a copy of the actual PPT).

Any user can download the PPT via PowerPoint online:
PowerPointOnline
So, is there a way to disable to have users download from my OneDrive?
John KorchokProduction Manager
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When you create a Share link in OneDrive, you can make the presentation view only, so the original online version can't be modified. So, it doesn't have to be editable.

If you have SharePoint or OneDrive for Business (not free), you can also block downloads. Prevent shared files from being downloaded

But I have to point out, you've been sending files out as EXE files. It's child's play to extract the original PowerPoint, if anyone wanted to.

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Didn't know that user could extract from EXE, wow! Thanx!

Back to the download, u mean that no matter if I make it View-only, it can be downloaded completed?  (except if Sharepoint or OneDrive business))
Geetesh BajajConsultant
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Jana, that's because the EXE is almost a self-extracting ZIP file. When you run the EXE, it uncompresses all files including the erstwhile PowerPoint Viewer and the PowerPoint file into your Temp folder. Yes, if the recipient is not savvy enough, they may not realize that part, but you need to be aware that it is possible to lay hands on the original PowerPoint file.

Also, do understand that since this Viewer (at least the Viewer that can be included within the IExpress archive) is really old, it won't support tons of new PowerPoint features.

And yes, John is absolutely right. Only SharePoint shares cannot be downloaded.

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Thank u!

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I have a correction, I have an old version of PowerPoint in this Windows 7 computer: version 2007, not 2010.

So to close the question, how can I protect my PTT from being edited? (I will use PowerPoint online, makes lots of sense but how can I protect it?)
Production Manager
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The top-end solution is to open a SharePoint Online account. These start at $5/month: Compare SharePoint Online options

Other than that, the most secure options are to save your presentation as a video, as a PDF or as a Picture Presentation. The video will display any animations or transitions, but all three choices limit interactivity.

When saving your presentation before uploading, click on the Tools dropdown to the left of the Save button. Select General Options, then assign a password to modify. This level of security is minimal, as it's easily bypassed by a knowledgable user.

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Hi,

Just tried your suggestion in using General Options  and it seems to work.  But tell me if I am missing something:

1. Save the PowerPoint with password for editing in "General Options".
2. Uploaded to PowerPoint Online.
3. Go to OneDrive and share the PPT with "View Only".
4. Give out the link.

I had my group open the link and download the PPT and they could modify it or copy anything from it.

So, did I do this right? Am i missing anything to protect my PPTs?
John KorchokProduction Manager
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I wrote: "When you create a Share link in OneDrive, you can make the presentation view only, so the original online version can't be modified."

That means that users cannot alter the presentation that you posted online. Your original is intact.

I didn't say that downloaded versions can't be altered, because they can. With a minimal SharePoint license, you can prevent downloading. With a high-end SharePoint installation with Azure Rights Management, you can prevent the alteration of downloaded files as well.

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Oops! had a mistype in my previous entry.  What I mean was  "I had my group open the link and download the PPT and they couldn't modify it or copy anything from it.".

As for sharepoint option, I am not going to use it (thanx for the advice).  The steps I discovered seems to work.  My group finished downloading the PTT and it asks for a password for edit .  Since they don;t have the password, the only option they have is view-only - so this type of downloadable protected version works.  

So I want to use this way officially.  As asked before , the steps below is what I did to make my PPT secure; which are:

1. Save the PowerPoint with password for editing in "General Options".
2. Uploaded to PowerPoint Online.
3. Go to OneDrive and share the PPT with "View Only".
4. Give out the link.

So  prior closing the question, did I do this right? Am i missing anything to protect my PPTs?
John KorchokProduction Manager
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Your choice is the option I mentioned: "When saving your presentation before uploading, click on the Tools dropdown to the left of the Save button. Select General Options, then assign a password to modify. This level of security is minimal, as it's easily bypassed by a knowledgable user."

If it's good enough for you, it's good enough for me!

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Thanx!