Preparing For Release

I am looking to display my progress in my application to others on other machines that do not have visual studio .NET installed on them. How do I create a little package that I can port to other computers?
SGyvesAsked:
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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
What exactly are you looking for? A progress bar? In a server client environment? If that's the case, the most platform independant solution would be to use a web page to display the progress (make it auto-refresh itself so that the user does not have to hit the refresh button over and over again).
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SGyvesAuthor Commented:
What I am talking about is just getting an exe that I can run on any computer. Not a progress bar. I want to take my application that I am programing and zip all the files up into a file that i can extract on any computer...and run. How can I make my application (.exe) run on any computer that does not have visual studio installed.
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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
This document describes the deployment of .NET based applications (you mentionded VS.NET, so I assume this is what you want, for standard C++/MFC applications the process is a lot more straight forward):

 http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnbda/html/DALGRoadmap.asp
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SGyvesAuthor Commented:
Well I haven't used any of the .NET features...this is just a MFC program.
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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
In the most simplest case, just do a "Release" build and copy the .exe file from the Release directory to the other computers. If you don't need any other files, or registry settings for your executable this should work just fine. If you need more, you have to build an installer.
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Karl Heinz KremerCommented:
The following link contains a tuturial about how to create an installer:

http://www.c-sharpcorner.com/Code/2003/April/SetupProjects.asp
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AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
There is an installer supplied with Visual Studio (maybe not if you have student or other 'small' version).  That you could use to build an installation package if you required one.
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SGyvesAuthor Commented:
I found that my problem was that I had asked VS to link the MFC librarys dynamically. That made it so I had to copy a couple of .dll's along with the .exe. I will have to play around with the VS install builder though. Looks cool.
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AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
Usually you do have them linked dynamically.
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SGyvesAuthor Commented:
However, there is an option to link them statically when you create your project. This will make a larger .exe but it will be your only file. At least I think this is the way it works.
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AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
Correct.
However many dll's are often on the users PC (as part of the OP system) and so do not need to be distributed.
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