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Old 10-24-2007, 10:33 AM
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Hello. I'm trying to create a setup installer for a program I developed in VB 2005 using .NET Framework 2.0.
I tried clickonce tool but I'm not satisfied with it.
Also I tried InnoScript + InnoSetup, but somehow InnoScript doesn't get me all the files I need from the project, not even the .exe file

I was wondering... what installer do you recommand me that will be easy to customize and, VERY IMPORTANT, I can pass the .sln or .vbproj file and can automatically deduct what files to be included in the setup?
I would really appreciate your thoughts.
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I tried also to make a setup with Install Shield but didn't work as I expected, I don't know what libraries to include and also there are a lot of files there like .exe.manifest or .exe.config whose meaning I don't know or if I need to include them or not
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The setup project is very easy to use. You add it to your solution, then add the output of your main project (for example, the one that creates the final EXE file) to the setup. If you have your dependencies and references and all that set up properly, then the resulting setup file will contain everything needed by that main project.

I had to do some installers a little while back and I got a book called The Definitive Guide to Windows Installer by Phil Wilson. It was only $40 retail, probably cheaper on-line. It's great not only to tel you how to make an installer, but actually explain the technology behind the installer.

Window Installer is very powerful, but the tools give to you in Visual Studio are pretty weak. That's why Install Shield exists - it doesn't do anything that Windows Install can't do, it just provides to toolbox that Microsoft forgot.

an MSI file is really just a database of information and streams (files). The Windows Installer service reads the database to figure out what to do and then does it. If you don't want to bother with Install Shield you can edit the DB directly (and this book gives good examples of how to do that). Taht's what I'm dong - I've got a solution that builds a program, then builds the installer, and for the stuff I can't do directly in VS IDE I have a VBS that runs as post-build to add the special stuff I need in my MSI file.
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