C# How to create a single .exe without having to install my c# application

Posted on 2007-10-09
Last Modified: 2010-04-15
The only way I found to distribute my small c# apps is to put them on cd and then people run the installer which of course creates a Start > Programs entry and creates a folder with several files in it somewhere on my c: drive. IS there a way to make a single .exe and not have to have people install the program?

Question by:Karl66
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    Accepted Solution

    With .NET applications, if the correct .NET framework is installed on the target machine, you could just XCOPY deploy the file, without having to run any installation.


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    Is it because C# is interpeted at run time and C++ is precompiled that I cannot do an exe for any Windows PC in C#? That is what it sounds like.
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    You can do straight EXE copying regardless whether you coding with C# or C++. The catch is the program --Dependency--

    if your app use any non-standard stuffs, which is not included by default or come with the OS, that's where you need the setup to properly setup those thing.
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    by:Bob Learned
    C# is not interpreted, it is JIT compiled at run-time by the CLR.


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