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  • Question

  • I have created an executable file that is autorun from a CD. When I insert into the CD drive I get the following error message:

    To run this application, you first must install one of the following versions of the .NET Framework v4.0.30319.

    I need this exe file to run from any computer.

     

    Monday, October 18, 2010 3:09 PM

Answers

  • If you make an application targeting .NET, the .NET framework will always be a prerequisite of running that application.  There are a few options:

     

    It is possible to make an application using C++ (native) that has no external dependencies.  Even this is troublesome, however, as it's very easy to take a dep. on the C++ runtimes.  If you're careful, however, this is possible.

     

    If you want to stick with .NET, a good option is targetting an older version of the framework.  For example, if you target .NET 2.0, nearly every system has this installed.  It's included, by default, on all Windows Vista + Windows 7 systems, and most people have .NET 2 on their XP systems.  This will dramatically reduce the chances of somebody not having the runtime installed.  .NET 3.5 is installed by default on Windows 7, and very common on most other systems (since so much software requires this), that it's, generally, available on systems.  However, there is always a risk somebody may not have it installed, and you'll receive the message above.

     


    Reed Copsey, Jr. - http://reedcopsey.com
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    • Proposed as answer by SamAgain Tuesday, October 19, 2010 3:48 AM
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    Monday, October 18, 2010 3:22 PM
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  • Scott,

     

    Go into the project settings, and under the "Compile" tab, choose "Advanced Compile Options".  It should pop up a screen with an option to set the target framework.

     

    -Reed

     


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    Tuesday, October 19, 2010 5:11 PM
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All replies

  • If you make an application targeting .NET, the .NET framework will always be a prerequisite of running that application.  There are a few options:

     

    It is possible to make an application using C++ (native) that has no external dependencies.  Even this is troublesome, however, as it's very easy to take a dep. on the C++ runtimes.  If you're careful, however, this is possible.

     

    If you want to stick with .NET, a good option is targetting an older version of the framework.  For example, if you target .NET 2.0, nearly every system has this installed.  It's included, by default, on all Windows Vista + Windows 7 systems, and most people have .NET 2 on their XP systems.  This will dramatically reduce the chances of somebody not having the runtime installed.  .NET 3.5 is installed by default on Windows 7, and very common on most other systems (since so much software requires this), that it's, generally, available on systems.  However, there is always a risk somebody may not have it installed, and you'll receive the message above.

     


    Reed Copsey, Jr. - http://reedcopsey.com
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    • Proposed as answer by SamAgain Tuesday, October 19, 2010 3:48 AM
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    Monday, October 18, 2010 3:22 PM
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  • I have created the executable file in VB 2010 Express.  Is there a way to target .NET 2 when I build the .EXE file?
    Scott Nilssen
    Tuesday, October 19, 2010 2:32 PM
  • Scott,

     

    Go into the project settings, and under the "Compile" tab, choose "Advanced Compile Options".  It should pop up a screen with an option to set the target framework.

     

    -Reed

     


    Reed Copsey, Jr. - http://reedcopsey.com
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    • Marked as answer by SANilssen Tuesday, October 19, 2010 5:47 PM
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    • Marked as answer by SANilssen Tuesday, October 19, 2010 5:49 PM
    Tuesday, October 19, 2010 5:11 PM
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  • Reed,

    Thanks for all your help!!!

    -Scott

     

     


    Scott Nilssen
    Tuesday, October 19, 2010 5:51 PM