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I wanted to use SageKey to create install package of my Access 2010 front end, but the client already has InstallSheild and wants me to use that.  Can someone tell me if:
1. InstallShield will allow me to put the front end in a folder with read/write access - ie. not Program Files, as the front end has some local tables.
2. InstallShield will bundle up 64 bit Runtime and only install if not already installed.


Thank you.
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Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVP earned 500 total points
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Yes, you can use InstallSheild to create an installer script that does the same thing that SageKey does.  I would consider hiring them to write it for you. They have many years of  experience doing it. See: http://sagekey.com/installation_services.aspx

Note: Sagekey's Access deployment does more than just provide the installer script. It includes other things that are not part of any other installer.

Hopefully you have lots of experience creating installer scripts. Creating installer scripts is not a trivial task.
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I've not used Installshield, but have used several other commercial installers with Access. In a nutshell, you can do everything you want with Installshield, but there are no ready-made scripts for this. You must create the installation and provide the logic needed to determine your install conditions. For example, if you want to determine if Access is already installed, you'd have to use the Installshield methods to examine the registry for this information, and take action according to what you find.

Also, as HTC mentions, building a solid installation can be a very long and taxing process. If you're not well versed in the specific installer platform, then be prepared to spend quite a bit of time figuring out how to do these things. Since your client insists that you use a specific installer, I'd inform them that the cost of the project will be adjusted to reflect the additional time involved.
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Thank you.  According to colleagues InstallShield will be painful, and I just don't have the experience.  I've tried demo version of SageKey and it is looking good!
Just need to test with 64 bit runtime, instead of 32 bit.
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