How do I create a setup program


I have created a small program using VB.NET and .XML database, it makes an .exe file but how do I create a setup program so that I can install my program on other system using installation program not just copying the .exe and the .xml file. I have Smart Install Maker installation software with me. Can anyone help me or point me a good site to get information regarding this.

Thanks

Zela

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  • I know in Visual Studio there is a setup wizard that can do that very thing for you. Im still new to the setup thing myself, i have done a couple programs and packaged them via setup wizard and experienced problems such as:

    If you package on xp, it wont work on vista but if you package on vista it will work and work on any operating system below it.

    The way i went around this was to publish my program using visual Studio.
  • How do you used the setup package program, i tried but could not make them work still, do you mean external setup program or the vb.net sepup package program, I am using .NET 2003 version, could not make an setup program which could be install on other machine.

  • How do you used the setup package program, i tried but could not make them work still, do you mean external setup program or the vb.net sepup package program, I am using .NET 2003 version, could not make an setup program which could be install on other machine.

  • seancampbellseancampbell Pennsylvania, USA
    Personally, I write batch scripts that create network drives on the computer, and copy the files / create directories... I only deploy my .Net applications on Company computers though...

    After a google search I found this artile about making a setup program. Read it, then download the source and look at that, might give you ideas
    http://www.codeproject.com/KB/mcpp/dotnetsetup.aspx

    I found this software that does it for you:
    http://www.download3k.com/Software-Development/Editors-Tools/Download-MSI-To-EXE-Installation-Package-Creator.html

    Yet another awesome codeproject project that does a .net setup program
    http://www.codeproject.com/KB/install/dotNetInstaller.aspx

    Just a few google searches will help you from the humiliation of multiple unanswered posts... Hope this helps, I do not know anything better to tell you
    Sean Campbell - Forum mod

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