Solved

How to create a small setup program with ODBC install

Posted on 2010-09-02
4
493 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-17
Hi,

I like to create a small Setup Program that also checks and if need install the Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB driver.
Any other parts are simple, a .NET 3.5 Assembly and the ACCDB itself.
As I like to offer it for free I'm not willing to spend much money for a Install-Software.
And as I'm not familiar with e.g. INNO SETUP I don't like to spend to much time with creating setup scripts.

So any ideas how to create my setup?

Thanks

Andre

0
Comment
Question by:andre72
  • 2
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:w00te
ID: 33590210
You can make a small C# application capable of setting up your real application.  It can call any installers you want (via web links, or download the driver exe's yourself and put them in your project directory) via name.  At the end just tell it to call your main applicaiton installer just like they did here.
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/576457/visual-studio-setup-and-deployment-create-package-with-optional-components
(for all the EE people here, yes I hate referencing SO :P )
-w00te
0
 

Author Comment

by:andre72
ID: 33590536
I think this is not really what I'm looking for.

I doesn't need the abilty to let the user choose anything and I don't like to include the 25MB Setup of the ODBC to just run the setup program while installing.
Yes I see you can also DL the 25MB and install it if need for but I think the driver itself if much smaller and there're only some registry keys needed to install, isn't it?
0
 
LVL 12

Accepted Solution

by:
w00te earned 500 total points
ID: 33591466
Well in the past I typically have used MSI files when I needed customization, but you said you didn't want to spend money (on something like install shield), and "I don't like to spend to much time with creating setup scripts." kinda rules out doing MSI without that (it's far from trivial).
There's probably other ways, but if I needed a quick and easy solution I'd just do the C# thing - 1 step deployment dosn't handle it so I don't know how much simpler you'll get it.
Anyway hopefully someone else knows a quick workaround because I would love to know it :) MSI's painful and you're right, the C# solution is very bulky.
-w00te
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:andre72
ID: 33612946
Still will have a look at Inno Setup as no other solution available :-)
0

Featured Post

Master Your Team's Linux and Cloud Stack!

The average business loses $13.5M per year to ineffective training (per 1,000 employees). Keep ahead of the competition and combine in-person quality with online cost and flexibility by training with Linux Academy.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

For those of you who don't follow the news, or just happen to live under rocks, Microsoft Research released a beta SDK (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=27876) for the Xbox 360 Kinect. If you don't know what a Kinect is (http:…
Calculating holidays and working days is a function that is often needed yet it is not one found within the Framework. This article presents one approach to building a working-day calculator for use in .NET.
Email security requires an ever evolving service that stays up to date with counter-evolving threats. The Email Laundry perform Research and Development to ensure their email security service evolves faster than cyber criminals. We apply our Threat…

830 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question