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    Ted Young Guest

    I need advice for Setup/Install process


    Here is what I am trying to accomplish (I'm using Visual Studio Installer):

    1) Create the smallest possible size for an install. I am emailing these
    files so size is critical.
    2) Do this with the least possible files needed (I am maybe just a setup.exe).
    The less files the less confusing to the user.

    I'm not sure what approach I should take. Should I create:

    1) .msi file (will need to create it with Build type option of Installer
    with Windows Installer Loader since there is no way to guarantee the end
    user will have Windows Installer). But this will result in multiple files...Is
    that correct? Could I create a self extracting zip of these files maybe?

    2) .exe file Not sure how to do this with Visual Studio Installer.

    Any ideas/suggestions/comments would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Ted






  2. #2
    Todd B - Agendum Software Guest

    Re: I need advice for Setup/Install process

    Ted,

    If using the Visual Installer tool, you can create self extracting installs
    with it without the need for the external zip program. But in terms of
    your issue with the size of the install package, the smallest you can get is
    by sending only the .MSI file. And as you mentioned, that will only work
    IF the user is running Windows 2000 (has it already installed) OR if they
    have already installed the required installed libs previously.

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    "Ted Young" <tedyoung@connecticare.com> wrote in message
    news:3a7b283a$1@news.devx.com...
    >
    > Here is what I am trying to accomplish (I'm using Visual Studio

    Installer):
    >
    > 1) Create the smallest possible size for an install. I am emailing these
    > files so size is critical.
    > 2) Do this with the least possible files needed (I am maybe just a

    setup.exe).
    > The less files the less confusing to the user.
    >
    > I'm not sure what approach I should take. Should I create:
    >
    > 1) .msi file (will need to create it with Build type option of Installer
    > with Windows Installer Loader since there is no way to guarantee the end
    > user will have Windows Installer). But this will result in multiple

    files...Is
    > that correct? Could I create a self extracting zip of these files maybe?
    >
    > 2) .exe file Not sure how to do this with Visual Studio Installer.
    >
    > Any ideas/suggestions/comments would be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Ted
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >




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