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Hello All,

I have a question regarding deploying the .NET framework with an application. Now before everyone starts posting links and wondering why I didn't search for the answer instead of posting a new question I want you to know that I have searched and haven't found the answer. The application is completely stand-alone (it's a setup CD for internet connections and e-mail) and I don't want to install it - just run from the CD. I've played with the bootstrapper program but it always says it can't find my 'Setup CD.exe' file when I execure the 'setup.exe' file they offered. In the settings.ini file I pointed the MSI path to 'Setup CD.exe' and that is where it was pulling the info from and of course not finding it.

I need a way to distribute the .NET framework like the bootstrapper does, but by not deploying an application and having someone install it - I want them to click the EXE and then it runs from there and does what it needs to do. Is this possible or do I need a VB6 solution?
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The whole point of having a setup.exe and .msi file is to be able to install it on another PC. What I understand from your post is that you want to be able to run your application directly from the CD without having to install .NET Framework, is that correct? This is not a common thing to do.... the only solution is NOT to package your application up but just burn it (i.e. the image) onto the CD. Then that way you can run it from the CD. I have heard this being done before but like I said it's not very common.

Hope that helps!
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J_Mak:I know I need to install the .NET framework for it to work - there's no way around this it is built on .NET. I don't want to install my application though because it is simply a setup CD that installs dialup networking connection(s) and sets up OE for people - there's no reason to install this program, I just want it to run from the CD. You said you've heard of people who have just burnt the files to a CD and run it directly - this is what I plan on doing but how do I have the .NET framework installed if needed and ignored if not since my actuall app won't be installed but instead just run when needed?

emoreau: I hadn't seen that particular one and am going to try it out once I am at a computer where I can install things - I don't have admin rights at work :-\

Thanks for the suggestions!
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