Looks like I’m past the deadline for a true release date of the 17th, but here’s version 1.2. LaunchBox now has an easy-to-use setup (mostly thanks to WinRAR), while still allowing you to manually extract the files using WinRAR or 7-zip instead if you so choose. I’ve tweaked it so that your configuration files are not overwritten, so it is safe to install over your current installations and your configuration and games should remain. It will also make an icon on your desktop and in your Start menu.
New features for the actual app include an Options dialog with some quick debugging options for games, new Version and Game Manual fields, and even further optimizations that yet again significantly speed up the application.
Give it a run and let me know how it goes! Download LaunchBox 2.6 here.
There is also an active forum post on Vogons about the app here: http://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=36621