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hi everyone,

i just developed an application using several ocx and references.
if i was to deploy my application to other computers wih only win98 se
installled and nothing else, i need to copy all necessary dlls and OCXs to
them right?

question is, how will i know all the necessary dlls and ocx? are the ones i need
is the referenced and on the componenets that i checked? or are there others?
and how would i know where to install then?

tnx
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by:robertlees
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The correct way would be to create a Setup kit using the wizard supplied with VB. This should gather into the kit all the referenced DLLs and OCXs, as well as any dependent files - for example some of your OCXs might require other DLLs that aren't referenced directly by your project. The Setup kit will install these files in the correct places on your target system.

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by:RanaHossain
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I have had this question for a while, as I found both the setup kit or Visual Studio Installer to be quite crap at finding the right references.

Tried dependency walker, but that completely ignored winsock in my project.

If you can afford it, get Setup Factory - as it is the easiest to find references with.

Hint: if you can correctly find out which files you need to pack, you can then use Visual Studio Installer and confirm that all those files are in there.
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by:skyDaemon
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Generally the package and deployment wizard suggested by robertlees is pretty good for vb projects.  

When that fails I use the dependancy watch feature of the WISE install program.  I've found that is quite excellent at finding everything your program touches, I tend to use it more for vc++ projects.

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by:nschulz777
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Just a warning note, I ran into problems where software wouldn't install on Windows XP with ntfs file systems. I solved it by downloading the latest service pack for Visual Basic, recreated the install package and problem went away.
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by:jpfouche2003
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Try Inno Setup : http://www.jrsoftware.org/isinfo.php - excellent setup program for FREE.

Package and Deployment Wizard is c-r-a-p!
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