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Hi,

If I want to dsitribute my app using InnoSetup, do I need to distribute MDAC as well? What is the purpose of it?

I have used Package and Deployment Wizard but they do not include this mdac as the required file.
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you have to distribute the mdac in your intallation.

This is where the updated patch from micorsoft was installed...
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And it said that MDAC 2.8 does not include Jet Driver 4.0 which I think that I used it in my ADO. So what should I do?
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>>"This is where the updated patch from micorsoft was installed"
Can you explain more about this?

Thanks
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read the above link...
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yup...
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Okay, let me try that first.
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>>It depends on the version of mdac. Win2000 comes with MDAC 2.5 so I usually use it for compatability reasons.If you compile with MDAC 2.7 , you will need to install 2.7 on the machines you will use your app on.

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Thanks JackOfPH,

I used Win 2K to compile my VB app so I guess that I will be okay. I tested and it works in XP :). However, my XP has Microsoft Access so it may be the case.

I have one more confirmation.
1. Can we exclude this MDAC as well if the client PC do not have any Office installed?

David
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yes...
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mdac has nothing to do with that...

you can still use access as database (only database) even without access installed... or office installed in the computer...
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if you use late binding, then it will work on all machine
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WIN 2k and win xp with latest sp's has already mdac installed, still its always better practice to give it at the time of deployment, mdac 2.7 is realiable and has jet 4.0 included and mdac 2.8 is better than the previous one but lacks jet support

if your client pc does't have access than still your application can work provided mdac is there already or you install it at the time of the installtion of your application
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Mm...okay, I think that it is better for me to include MDAC 2.5 (just in case).

So one more thing. What is the purpose of MDAC then? Is it for connecting to DB? If so, what is the purpose of Jet?
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The above links will explain you waht MDAC is...
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Thanks
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