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Dear sir:
  I have write a software,I want to write a setup.exe
to install it,Can you tell me what should do?
Thank you!
  Merry Christmas!
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by:WBerthin
ID: 1176943
You setup program should:
1. Determine the user's hardware and software configuration
   and available disk space.
2. Copy your executable file and any data files needed, to
   appropriate directories on the hard disk.
3. Set up the appropriate execution environment by modifying
   the System Registy, Win.ini, Config.sys, Autoexec.bat etc.
   as necessary.

Do not assume that the user will always be installing from
the a: drive to the c: drive.

Without more specifics on what you need to install, I
cannot provide a more specific answer.
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by:GregL
ID: 1176944
If you have Visual C++ 4.0 or higher, InstallShield comes with the CD.  It's MUCH easier to use that!
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by:youngest
ID: 1176945
Dear Sir:
   Thank you for your answer,what I need is a typical installment
program.I assume drive is a: to c:hardware is usual.

     
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by:WBerthin
ID: 1176946
Are you asking how to write a program called "setup" that
can copy a file from drive a: to drive c:?
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by:youngest
ID: 1176947
Yes,I think you can help me.^-^
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WBerthin earned 0 total points
ID: 1176948
The easiist way to write a "program" to copy a file is to use
a simple "batch" file.

Assume the program you wish to install is called "program.exe"
Write the following text (using notepad for example):
copy a:\program.exe c:\*.*
Then save this in a file named setup.bat.
When you run setup.bat it will copy program.exe from
drive a: to drive c:

If a setup.bat is no good and you need a setup.exe;
if you are working in Windows 95 use the function
BOOL CopyFile(LPTSTR lpszExistingFile,
              LPTSTR lpszNewFile,
              BOOL fFailIfExists);
If you are working in Windows 3.1 or DOS the procedure
for an setup.exe to copy a file is a little more
complicated. Let me know the size of the file you
need to copy and the system you will be working in
and I will see if I can help you with that.
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by:youngest
ID: 1176949
Assume the size of my file is 1.2M,I expect it can be run under
both dos and windws.how to do?
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