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I need to have a version of my install which includes 1.1.  However, I want to install my program first, so that open the reboot required for v1.1, everything is installed (they won't have to install again) how can I accomplish this?
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What are you using to install your app?  There are ways to supress the reboot till after the install is finished.  Here is an article that explains this:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?rl=/library/enus/cpguide/html/cpconsetupexebootstrappersampleoperations.asp
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I'm using VS.NET
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Which article on that page?   I'm using VS.NET.  Ideally, I would like to learn about automatic updates and all that jazz as well.
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Sorry about that, I gave you the wrong link:

Also, as a side note I use Wise to install my applications which gives you updating capabilities and also supressing reboots and alot of other features.  Its expensive but I think it is worth it.  InstallShield is also good as well.

Here is the link:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/cpguide/html/cpconsetupexebootstrappersampleoperations.asp
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how expensive are they?
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I think both of them run around $1200.  Both of them have evaluation download for 30 days.  

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lampy,

in that link, I'm having a little trouble figuring out exactly how to incorporate that into my distrubted installer.  Wouldn't the user have to type that into a command line?
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There are .Net Framework 1.1 merge modules that you can attach to your installation.  
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I can attach .NET 1.1 easily to my install.  the problem is, that is usually installs first, then restarts, then starts my install.  Is it the case that the mentioned solution will only work if the user specifies the command line args mentioned at the end of the article?
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The merge module is designed to supress the reboot.  I have not created an installation using VS.Net however with that said if I was going to I would create a merge module with the .Net Framework and set it up to supress the reboot until after the installation is finished.  When using Wise they have these merge modules are ready created.  Take a look at this link:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/vsintro7/html/vbconwhatyouneedtoknowaboutmergemodules.asp
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