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Chapter 21 - Using the Package and Deployment Wizard to Create a Setup Program

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A setup package is a group of files that can be used to distribute an application to users or to install component applications on servers. Package and Deployment Wizard is a VB add-in utility that enables you to prepare such packages for your VB applications. Package and Deployment wizard enables you to create either a traditional Windows setup package (where the user runs SETUP.EXE) or an Internet setup package (your component application is installed from a Web page).

The packages created by Package and Deployment Wizard also typically take care of installing and registering any support files needed by your application, such as COM components and other elements.

These packages also typically install the necessary utilities and information on target computers so that users can use the Windows Add/Remove utility to cleanly and securely remove your application.

This chapter discusses how you can use Package and Deployment Wizard to create standard setup packages for your applications and then deploy those setup packages.



  1. Using Package and Deployment Wizard to Create a Setup Program
    Preparing to Run Package and Deployment Wizard
    Starting Package and Deployment Wizard and Choosing the Type of Package
    Choosing the Type of Setup Package
    Creating a Standard Setup Package
    Creating an Internet Setup Package
    Creating a Dependency File

  2. Standard Files Used in a Microsoft Setup
    Setup File Information in SETUP.LST
    Dependency Information in DEP Files
    SETUP.EXE and Package and Deployment Wizard’s Custom Setup

  3. Customizing a Standard Setup
    Customizing SETUP.LST and Your Application’s DEP File
    Customizing the Standard VB Setup Project
    Implementing Application Removal

  4. Registering a Component that Implements DCOM and Configuring DCOM

  5. Deploying Your Application
    Deploying to Floppy Disks
    Deploying to a Network Directory or to CDs
    Deploying to the Web
    Deploying Updates to Your Application


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