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I have developed a program in VB.NET, now I want to distribute the program to my users.

As I know, users' computer have to be installed a .NET Framework so as to run VB.NET's program.

However, .NET framework is over 20MB, so I want to ask that can I have any method to make the installation package much smaller ?

My program may not require all the library inside the .NET Framework, can I just include those required libraries instead of the whole .NET framework in my installation package ?

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It doesn't matter what size your program is, it won't run without the entire framework installed.  I've seen some rumors that this might change in the future but I personally doubt it.

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Microsoft's answer to this problem is, of course, that the .NET framework will eventually be part of the Window's operating system and won't have to be distributed at all.   Don't forget that MS is developing everything using .NET so you will have to have it installed to run any MS software in the future.
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joe is right man.. sorry.
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Do you think that other third party softwares can help, such as InstallShield, Wise Solutions and etc ?



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I developed an installation for a VB6 program and went to the trouble of attempting to find the absolute minimum set of support files.  I finally resorted to trial and error using a clean Win95 install as the test machine (I got very good at installing Win95).  

I suppose you or someone else could attempt to do something similar with the .NET framework but I suspect that the various files of the framework are so enterdependent that you will end up installing the whole thing.  I don't think MS is making it available in any form other than the complete framework.
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