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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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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 - Adding Files, Project Outputs, and Shortcuts
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The first step in creating a setup is specifying what files you want to be copied to the target computer, using the File System designer. You can specify that files should be added to a system-recognized folder like the System folder, Fonts folder, the GAC (Global Assembly Cache), or even the user's My Documents folder. You can also add files to a hard-coded path (using the Custom Folder option) or to the directory the user selects for the application (the Application Folder). The full list of supported folder options is shown below:



The File System window is divided into two panes: a list of folders (on the left), and a list of files for the currently selected folder (on the right). You can add a new folder by right-clicking on the folder list, and choosing Add Special Folder.

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