I migrated a .net 4.0 windows service application from Visual Studio 2010 to 2012 last week. When I tried to create a set up project, I learnt that the standards setup projects are no longer supported by Microsoft. So I used the InstallShield LE setup project. After playing with the tool for a few minutes, I was able to create a setup file and install the windows service. But the output folder of the project includes a bunch of files (application's exe and config files, set.ini and setup.exe ) . Is there a way to configure the setup project to generate just one msi file? In Visual Studio 2010, I could generate an msi file from a setup project and distribute just that one file to install the application anywhere. Its seems like I need to distribute a bunch of files for installation. Is there a way to create an installation package comprising of just one msi file without upgrading to the fully paid version of InstallSheild?
I have played with this tool for a few minutes and so I do not claim to be an expert in the InstallSheild product by any means. If generating an msi file is not possible, it seems like Microsoft took away a feature that existed before, something very unfortunate.
Thanks in advance for your help.