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  • I would like to know how to create an install package for a visual studio.net 2013 desktop application. I am requesting this information since I just  converted the vb.net 2010 application to a vb.net 2013 desktop application. When I deployed the application visual studio 2010 application, I used an outdated setup and deployment msi package.

    This application is only installed on 4 users computers. Thus I do not think I need a one click deployment.

    Thus could you tell me how I can create something like a msi install package and place it directly on each users computer?

    Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:58 PM

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  • Thank you for your answers so far! However can you tell me how to use the current ways in visual studio 2013 to install desktop applications on user's computers?

    This might help:

    https://www.advancedinstaller.com/user-guide/tutorials.html


    "A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” - Charles F. Kettering

    Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:29 PM
  • Thank you for your answers so far! However can you tell me how to use the current ways in visual studio 2013 to install desktop applications on user's computers?

    There is no .msi install project anymore that is *included* with VS. The Publishing Wizard (ClickOnce) is all that is included after 2010. For later versions (up to 2017) of Visual Studio Microsoft had an agreement with Flexera that enabled use of InstallShield LE (Limited Edition). You still have to activate, download and install it:

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn531020(v=vs.120).aspx

    FYI, there is no InstallShield LE for VS 2017, which is one of the reasons why I don't recommend it.


    Paul ~~~~ Microsoft MVP (Visual Basic)

    Thursday, December 14, 2017 8:42 PM

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  • I would like to know how to create an install package for a visual studio.net 2013 desktop application. I am requesting this information since I just  converted the vb.net 2010 application to a vb.net 2013 desktop application. When I deployed the application visual studio 2010 application, I used an outdated setup and deployment msi package.

    This application is only installed on 4 users computers. Thus I do not think I need a one click deployment.

    Thus could you tell me how I can create something like a msi install package and place it directly on each users computer?

    Wendy,

    I'm not a big fan of this company but Advanced Installer is a pretty popular one. They have a free version but I don't remember what all it does and doesn't do. You might want to have a look and see.


    "A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” - Charles F. Kettering

    Thursday, December 14, 2017 5:22 PM
  • Here is support for the Installer Project found in prior versions:

    https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=UnniRavindranathan-MSFT.MicrosoftVisualStudio2013InstallerProjects

    You can also use the WiX Installer extension:

    https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=RobMensching.WixToolsetVisualStudio2013Extension


    Paul ~~~~ Microsoft MVP (Visual Basic)

    • Proposed as answer by tommytwotrain Thursday, December 14, 2017 8:45 PM
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 6:07 PM
  • Thank you for your answers so far! However can you tell me how to use the current ways in visual studio 2013 to install desktop applications on user's computers?
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:08 PM
  • Thank you for your answers so far! However can you tell me how to use the current ways in visual studio 2013 to install desktop applications on user's computers?

    I don't know who you're talking to but AI can be used stand-alone (my suggestion) or it can be used as a component in VisualStudio.

    Either way though, the result is an .msi file or an .exe file if you set it up to be a bootstrapper with everything inside the .exe.


    "A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” - Charles F. Kettering

    Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:15 PM
  • Thank you for your answers so far! However can you tell me how to use the current ways in visual studio 2013 to install desktop applications on user's computers?

    This might help:

    https://www.advancedinstaller.com/user-guide/tutorials.html


    "A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” - Charles F. Kettering

    Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:29 PM
  • Thank you for your answers so far! However can you tell me how to use the current ways in visual studio 2013 to install desktop applications on user's computers?

    There is no .msi install project anymore that is *included* with VS. The Publishing Wizard (ClickOnce) is all that is included after 2010. For later versions (up to 2017) of Visual Studio Microsoft had an agreement with Flexera that enabled use of InstallShield LE (Limited Edition). You still have to activate, download and install it:

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn531020(v=vs.120).aspx

    FYI, there is no InstallShield LE for VS 2017, which is one of the reasons why I don't recommend it.


    Paul ~~~~ Microsoft MVP (Visual Basic)

    Thursday, December 14, 2017 8:42 PM