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Creating a .NET Windows Installer Part 1


In this article, Matthew MacDonald considers how to use VS.NET to build a simple setup program for a .NET desktop application.

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By: Wrox Team
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March 06, 2003
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Creating a .NET Windows Installer Part 1
  2. · Article
  3. · Introducing the Windows Installer Service
  4. · The Sample Project
  5. · Creating the Windows Installer Project
  6. · The Setup Designers
  7. · Adding Files, Project Outputs, and Shortcuts
  8. · Support Files and Project Outputs
  9. · Shortcuts
  10. · Customizing the User Interface
  11. · Abstract
  12. · Article
  13. · Introducing the Windows Installer Service
  14. · The Sample Project

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Creating a .NET Windows Installer Part 1 - Creating the Windows Installer Project
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You can create a Windows Installer project on its own, or you can add it to an existing solution. The latter solution is often better, because it guarantees that the source project and the setup are always conveniently linked together in the same solution. It's also the approach we use with the FontViewer application.

To start, open the existing project that requires the setup program. Right-click on the solution item in the Solution Explorer window, and choose Add New Project. Choose Setup Project from the Setup and Deployment Projects group.

Once you type in the name of the project, click OK.

You also need to configure the build options for your solution, otherwise every time you run the program from the IDE, both the source and the setup projects will be built. As setup programs typically take several minutes to build, this can be a very time consuming (and annoying) process.

To change this behavior: right-click on the solution item in the Solution Explorer, and then choose Properties. Choose Configuration Properties and clear the Build checkmark for the setup project.

Now the setup file will not be created automatically. To build it manually, right-click on the setup project and choose Build.


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