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Old 10-03-2007, 01:05 PM
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Hi all,

I'm currently using VB6 and considering to buy Visual Studio 2005. I have absolutely no idea how the framework works, so please bear with this question.

With VB6 you can compile an application into a standalone package. The "Package & Deployment Wizard" will include all necessary DLL/OCX files etc into that standalone redistributable package.

Question: If I use VB2005, will I still be able to produce such standalone applications, or will the recipient PC need to have the .NET Framework installed for my application to work?
Example: Application uses a listview, dropdown menus etc.

Thx a lot
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Old 10-03-2007, 01:17 PM
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To the best of my knowledge it is impossible to build a standalone package, any application made using VB2005 will require the user to have the correct version of the .NET Framework installed.
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With editions of Visual Studio 2005 that are not the Express Edition, I think there is a way to package the .NET Framework installer with your application via a Deployment Project. I'd want someone else to verify, but it seems like this is possible.
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Thx guys, appreciated.

Hmmm, difficult decision
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I have the professional version... going to install it in a minute. Want me to verify? haha
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AtmaWeapon The Deployment project shuold generate a bootstrapper EXE to call the deployment. If you go to the ClickOnce tab for your project and make sure that .net framework is listed, then when you create the deployment package the bootstrapper will make sure that .net is installed before attempting to deploy the application.

praetor This is also possible to do with a setup project, much like the setup and deploy wizard from vb6. A setup project will spit out 2 files - YourProject.msi and setup.exe. The MSI is a database of files and information required to install your application/service/website/database/etc and the setup.exe is the bootstrapper that will check for prerequisites before launching the MSI. Of course if you launch the MSI directly you will bypass the prereq-check.
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