Creating an installer

I have developed a java program that connects to a mysql db. Now i want to create an installer for windows that can create one install file that can install the java program (set the class path etc.) and also install mysql and set it up. Of course i would want my installer to be able to check if the computer already has mysql installed or not (check the version too) before it installed it. I am presuming that the mysql installer can be included in this install bundle that I create to be able to install mysql and configure it in the background. Maybe my installer is able to run the mysql installer and trap the returns and put the appropriate values in the appropriate stages etc. (dont know).

Does anyone know of a installer program and IDE that will do the above mentioned task. I am willing to buy one to do this if there are no free ones with easy use. Also, I should stress that time is of the essence. I need to create this installer very soon so would like to be using a install creating program that is easy and logical to use.

Please feel free to ask any questions.

Can someone help. Please.
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rockiroadsCommented:
I have previously used NSIS, simple scripting but pretty good. Though I am not sure about if it does exactly you want.
I know it can read the registry, and I think you can call external programs (i.e. another installer)

http://nsis.sourceforge.net/Features
http://www.nullsoft.com/free/nsis/makensis.htm
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tushar_compCommented:
hi
 
  There are some options for you,
   you can use installlshield software corporations tools,
   such as
   dev studio 9
   installshield 11
   or previous versions , it is able to do all type of checks , that u r concerned about ,
   so go on search for it , u may get evaluation copy, otherwise u will require licensed one.
 
 Tushar
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Giant2Commented:
In windows environment I believe the best free is NSIS (For checking if some application are allready installed you can read the registry).

In Linux environment You can use RPM Wizard: http://linux.softpedia.com/get/System/Installer-Setup/RPM-Wizard-2618.shtml

Bye, Giant.
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mrinalvoraAuthor Commented:
Hey All,

Does anyone know for sure if NSIS or installshield does what I need? Specially with installshield, if I am going to spend big money buying it I want to make sure it does what I need. Been on the installshield site and checked the specs out and did not get a conclusive answer to my question.

Thanks a ton.
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Giant2Commented:
so you use a Window environment.
As I told before:
>For checking if some application are allready installed you can read the registry
See here:
http://support.installshield.com/kb/view.asp?articleid=Q105465

Hope this solve your doubt.
Bye, Giant.
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Giant2Commented:
I suggest a split.
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