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Deployment of C/C++ Project in VS2010

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Hello,

I was wondering if there's any standard way that I can take a C/C++ program that I've developed in VS2010 and deploy it to a stand-alone machine?

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If you own all the source code (i.e. not using any third party tools), then you only need to do a simple file copy of your EXE and any supporting DLLs you've written.  About the only limitation is that if you've used any of the GDI+ functionallity that is in MFC (for example, the CImage class), then your application will only work on a Windows XP or higher machine unless someone has installed the GDI+ on earlier machines.  (My MFC C++ application works on all XP and above machines with a simple file copy, while it only works on about half the Windows 2000 machines I've ever tested).
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Do you happen to know where the EXE is stored?  Also, do I have to make copies of all my library header files too?
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I've tried doing this, but there's there's no file with just the ."exe" extension.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080211212459AA9RQJV
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If the EXE isn't there, then you need to build the application in Visual Studio. You need to build the "Release" version, not the Debug version. If the EXE isn't being built, it's probably because there are errors.

For distribution, I recommend starting with something like Advanced Installer that knows how to read the Visual Studio solution file and automatically generate a setup application with the correct DLLs.
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