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VB6 Setup Package

Hi,

I have developed a VB6 application, for which i have to create a package. i tried that on the package and deployment wizard which is available with Visual studio 6. there as the first step i have selected my application (VBP file) then it asked me for the package name and on the third step it asked me for the package folder. i said next but it does not proceed further. it just stops there itself. i dont know what has went wrong. please help in fixing this issue, its very urgent
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kbireckiCommented:
I use this regularly.  If I understand where you are in the process, you have to set a path for it to create the package files.  I ususally use a folder right under my dev folder called "package".  So if my app is in C:\Dev\VB6\Something, I specify C:\Dev\VB6\Something\Package and PDW will create it for me the first time, and thereafter it will state that it will overwrite the existing files, which is what I usually want.

Does that help?
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kbireckiCommented:
Did you try a new empty folder?  Is it a local folder?  Also try creating the folder first and separately try creating a simple text file in the folder to verify you have full read/write capabilities.

Here is a sequence of the PDW screens that work for me.
Sample-PDW-sequence.pdf
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kbireckiCommented:
If those things don't work, has it ever worked?  Has anything changed recently?  Maybe you could try uninstalling VB6, the reinstalling along with SP6.
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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
You shouldn't be using the P&D Wizard since it hasn't been supported for several years and doesn't support Win 7, etc. You should use some other installer like Wise or InstallShield. There are also free ones that are 'modern'.
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kbireckiCommented:
@MartinLiss, did I miss a reference to Win7?
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kbireckiCommented:
@rajeeva_nagaraj, What OS are you working on?
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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
"@MartinLiss, did I miss a reference to Win7?"

What are you asking?
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kbireckiCommented:
@MartinLiss, I interpreted your mention of Win7 to say that PDW won't work in answer to rajeeva_nagaraj's question, but maybe I'm mistaken, so I added the question to clarify what OS is being used.  I use PDW on WinXP all the time and it works great.  I've seen some people say they feel it doesn't work at all, so they swear it off and use something else.  But for straight forward build's in the right environment, it works fine.  Anyone using VB6 has to know it is old technology, but like me, they are probably using it out of convenience.  That's all.
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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
The P&D Wizard itself will work on Win7 and Vista but the packages it creates may not cleanly install the app it creates in those operating systems.
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danaseamanCommented:
Wise and InstallShield are too expensive and complicated.
There are free installers like Inno Setup but they require learning script.

I have been using Tarma installers for years.
InstallMate is priced at $89 and it has a nice drag-drop GUI.
It supports all OS including Win7.

See www.tarma.com
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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
@danaseaman: I could quibble and say that with expense comes features but as you and I say there are free alternatives. As for Inno Setup there is a front end which which sells for $25, See it at http://www.randem.com/innoscript.html
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kbireckiCommented:
@MartinLiss - Ahhh.  Got it!
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rajeeva_nagarajAuthor Commented:
@kbirecki,  I am using windows XP OS. for  the same vb project i had created package earlier. but few days back i just created a new folder and moved my vb file to that folder and since then the package is not happening. i think there are some references written. if so can you please let me know how can i overcome that.

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rajeeva_nagarajAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys i found the solution. just deleted the .pdm file and recomplied the application. created setup with new .pdm file it worked.

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kbireckiCommented:
Glad you got it working, but I thought this was a VB6 project.  Isn't a PDM file part of a newer Visual Studio project?
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rajeeva_nagarajAuthor Commented:
Delete PDW file and re generate the setup it will work
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kbireckiCommented:
Can you clarify what you solution was?  Where is this PDM file you deleted and what was the source of it?
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rajeeva_nagarajAuthor Commented:
Hi,

There will be a file with .PDM extention (projectname.pdm) which will have all configuration related stuff in it. i just deleted that and re compiled my project it created another .PDM file with new set of configurations.
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kbireckiCommented:
OK, I see those are the Package Deployment configuration files.  Thanks for the update.
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