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How to create a small setup program with ODBC install

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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

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by:w00te
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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
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by:andre72
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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?
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w00te earned 2000 total points
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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
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by:andre72
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Still will have a look at Inno Setup as no other solution available :-)
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