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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
  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 - Customizing the User Interface
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With the User Interface designer, you can see the windows that the user will see. Windows are listed in the order they will be presented, and sub-grouped by setup stage. You will see two versions of your setup listed, one for the normal user install, and one for the administrative install. You can access the administrative install by using the /a parameter. Usually, the administrative install is used if you need to provide a network setup.

To actually see what a window looks like, you need to actually run the setup, or refer to the MSDN help, which describes the properties and shows the appearance for each one. You cannot debug a setup project like you would a traditional application.

You can customize the user interface of your setup program in a number of ways:

  • Modify the options for a window. Each window provides a different set of options. To see what options are available, select the window, and examine the Properties Window.
  • Rearrange the order of windows by right-clicking on one and choosing Move Up or Move Down.
  • Remove a window from the setup by right-clicking on it and selecting Delete.
  • Add a new window pre-defined to the setup by right-clicking on a setup state and selecting Add Dialog.

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