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Visual Studio 2012 - Installshield Limited Edition - ActiveX?

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I have Visual Studio 2012 and have developed a Winforms app for a client.  I ordinarily just copy my EXE and required files to the client PC.  In this case, I had to use some third party ActiveX components to talk to an external device.  The OCXs are 32 bit, but work ok with 64 bit Windows, if I compile the app as "x86" instead of "any CPU".

Somehow I missed the fact that the old SETUP tools were removed from Visual Studio in favor of Installshield Limited Edition.   I need to have the install register the OCXs.  I'm not seeing any easy way to have Installshield do that.   When I click on the "Dependencies" in the setup project, it just prompts me to upgrade to a more full-featured version of Installshield.   I briefly considered doing that until I saw the price.  Unbelievable!

Can I get the Limited Edition to register my OCXs?   Did I just miss it?

Thanks!
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by:Vadim Rapp
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Here's what you can do:

1. Go back to visual studio release that has what you need. I did, when I discovered that Microsoft dropped support of Windows Mobile platform in favor of Microsoft Phone. So I went back to VS2008. I does everything I need from it.

2. Obtain and use WiX. It will take quite an effort to learn how to do it, but once you do it, you will become independent from Microsoft marketing movements, at least in the area of installations.
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1 In Solution explorer, under Specify Application Data, double click Files.
2. Drag the ActiveX from the upper pane, or from Windows Explorer, to the file view of the INSTALLDIR folder. Then right-click it and then click Properties.
3. Click the COM & .NET Settings tab in the properties dialog box
opens.
4. In the Registration Type list, select the type of COM registration that you want to perform on the file.
5. Click OK.
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by:BobSacks
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That's what I was looking for!   Thank you!
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