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how to make installer?
if i make exe file
when i open thru the other pc , since the destination is not the same, it cannot open the programme
what should i do?
somemore my report writer is crystal rpt
is that everybody used this programme must have visual basic and crystal report?
pls help
how
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keithtbe
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
VB gives you an installer application.

If you use VB5, its name is Setup Wizard.

If you use VB6, its name is Package & deployment wizard.

Both does the same: collect all files requested by your application (except CR reports) and create an installation kit which you install on user's PC.
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BebeirkenCommented:
You can use the tool that vb ships with it's installation. It is the Package & Deployment Wizard.
It will do all the work for you. Just make sure that in your program you don't have any paths hardcoded, because they might not exist on the other pc.

If you use app.path instead and put all your data and reports under the same directory as your forms, it sure work fine.

This way you can install the program on another computer without having problems with paths and stuff.
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keithtbeAuthor Commented:
thanks alot
but u mean the crystal report cannot work thru the package & deployment wizard
that mean my programme also cannot been open in the other pc . so what should i do?
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
The CR DLL required by your application will be included and installed with your application.

The .rpt will not automatically be recognized. You have to manually add them. During the packaging, there is an option for this.
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keithtbeAuthor Commented:
emoreau
what u mean by i have to add the rpt manually
?
i have try to install the program and use the program in the other pc and find out that the rpt was not found
so what should i do?
it is urgent
pls help me
can u pls explain to me what u mean by add manually ?
explain in detail pls
thanks u
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
Copy all the .rpt files (which are your reports) with the application.

There is a step, if you want to, in the PDW that allow you to add any files (like .rpt) to the package so that these files will be installed at the same time that the application will be.
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keithtbeAuthor Commented:
u mean that i have to copy the crystal rpt file
like monthly.rpt
yearly.rpt into the file
and what u mean by the application?
where to get?u mean crystal rpt software?
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
«u mean that i have to copy the crystal rpt file
like monthly.rpt
yearly.rpt into the file »
These files are not compiled into the application!

«and what u mean by the application? »
YOUR application. Didn't you compile a .exe?

What did you use to build your setup package? In that tool, you have a step to manually add .rpt files.
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keithtbeAuthor Commented:
oic
i know what u mean
of course use the package and deployment wizard to make my setup package
ok
u mean i have to add all the month.rpt, yearltly.rpt which is the design to the desired report format of crystal rpt
u mean i have to add that is it?
ok
i will try and see whether it can run or not
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keithtbeAuthor Commented:
i try already
i try to add the .rpt file in the package and deploy wizard
but still cannot
so what is the real problem?
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
When you call your report from your VB application, how do you call it? You should set your report file name to app.path & "\monthly.rpt"
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