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  • User1760273066 posted

    Hi all... 

    I made a setup project and after building the setup there are 2 files:

    setup.exe

    and

    ApplicationName.msi

    Is there any way to gathering them into only one file ?

    Note:

    ApplicationName.msi can work without need of setup.exe existance

    but setup.exe can't work without existing of ApplicationName.msi

    Thank You in advance

    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 4:32 AM

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  • User-1171043462 posted

     Also for ur Information

    File Name

    Description

    HelloWorld_Setup.msi

    The Windows Installer package for the HelloWorld project. We can change its name to something more conventional by modifying the Output file name property in the setup project's Property Pages dialog.

    Setup.exe

    The setup bootstrapper file, which reads Setup.ini to determine the required installation tasks. This is the file that is run to start the installation. Setup.exe will check for the required .NET runtime and prompt users to download it if it is not found on the target PC.

    Setup.ini

    The initialization file used by Setup.exe to perform the required operations. In a simple setup project like this, Visual Studio .NET creates a reference to the MSI file containing the application's Windows Installer package along with a reference to the required .NET Framework runtime. In more complex installations, it may contain other application-specific information.


    To distribute an application, we usually should include all three of these files in our installation package. The user can run Setup.exe, which checks whether the target machine has the correct version of the .NET Framework runtime installed. If not, it will prompt the user to download the runtime from Microsoft's website and install it. Once it is satisfied that the required runtime is installed, it then invokes HelloWorld_Setup.msi to install the HelloWorld program.

    If you are certain that your users will have the correct version of the CLR, such as in a controlled corporate environment, you can get away with distributing only the application installation .msi file (such as HelloWorld_Setup.msi). In such case, you can change your setup project's Bootstrapper property so that it does not create any bootstrapper files.

    • Marked as answer by Anonymous Thursday, October 7, 2021 12:00 AM
    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:45 AM

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  • User-1171043462 posted

    Ignore the setup.exe. The only file you need is Setup.msi which is ur main Setup File

    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:42 AM
  • User-1171043462 posted

     Also for ur Information

    File Name

    Description

    HelloWorld_Setup.msi

    The Windows Installer package for the HelloWorld project. We can change its name to something more conventional by modifying the Output file name property in the setup project's Property Pages dialog.

    Setup.exe

    The setup bootstrapper file, which reads Setup.ini to determine the required installation tasks. This is the file that is run to start the installation. Setup.exe will check for the required .NET runtime and prompt users to download it if it is not found on the target PC.

    Setup.ini

    The initialization file used by Setup.exe to perform the required operations. In a simple setup project like this, Visual Studio .NET creates a reference to the MSI file containing the application's Windows Installer package along with a reference to the required .NET Framework runtime. In more complex installations, it may contain other application-specific information.


    To distribute an application, we usually should include all three of these files in our installation package. The user can run Setup.exe, which checks whether the target machine has the correct version of the .NET Framework runtime installed. If not, it will prompt the user to download the runtime from Microsoft's website and install it. Once it is satisfied that the required runtime is installed, it then invokes HelloWorld_Setup.msi to install the HelloWorld program.

    If you are certain that your users will have the correct version of the CLR, such as in a controlled corporate environment, you can get away with distributing only the application installation .msi file (such as HelloWorld_Setup.msi). In such case, you can change your setup project's Bootstrapper property so that it does not create any bootstrapper files.

    • Marked as answer by Anonymous Thursday, October 7, 2021 12:00 AM
    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 5:45 AM