Updating an application
Posted on 2014-01-08
I am writing a windows application with VS 2012 to sell. Right now I plan on deploying it via Clickonce. I want the customers to be able to buy new versions and install them without having to uninstall the old version. The way it is now, the testers have to uninstall the current version before installing the new one. If they don't, they get a message: "You cannot start application Bird Tracker from this location because it is already installed from a different location" during installation. I will not have a server for the application to check for updates on.
I was thinking I could have the customer put the upgrade in a “update” folder, and use Clickonce’s update feature to update from there. I know I can specify my hard drive in UNC format for the update location. The problem is this requires a computer name. I won't know the computer name of each customer. Is there a way to have a generic computer name?
I have Installshied 2010. I wrote an application with just a form and label. I deployed it with Installshied. I modified it to simulate an update. When I tried to install it, I got a message saying it was already installed.
I use two programs that allow me to install new versions from CD without uninstalling the old version, so I know it can be done. How can I do this? If I have to use Installshield, I will.