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How to use Dotfuscator CE with Visual Studio 2010 Installer?

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Hello,

I thought this would be easy but....I'm trying to create an .MSI file for deployment of a winform application in Visual Studio 2010.

Using:
Visual Studio 2010
Visual Studio 2010 Installer
Single Project called "MyProject"


From what I read in various tutorials and (GASP) the instruction manual for Dotfuscator, it seems it isn't integrated into the build process so I have to do it manually.  OPening Dotfuscator and creating the new .exe was trivial but now where do I go?  I tried replacing the original .exe in the BIN, OBJ, debug, and Release folders.  When I try to deploy that MSI, or even build it I get an error that the Hashes don't match.  SOmewhere a tutorial said to rehash the new dotfuscated assembly but I couldn't figure out how or where to do that.

What I'm looking for is a 'for dummies' checklist for building an MSI with 2010 Installer and Dotfuscator CE.  

Any help or good videos out there?

Thanks!

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So,

I tried to get the command line dotfustcator CLI.exe at:
https://www.preemptive.com/support/dotfuscator-support

per the tutorial here:
https://www.learningpenguin.net/myblog/2010/11/11/how-to-use-preemptive-dotfuscator-in-visual-studio-setup-project-to-protect-your-code/

But the preemptive website only gives me a note that I've been signed into the private area when I register and login.

Any ideas?

I have an email in to preemptive
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So I was able to register, download and install the command line editor.

I can't make it work.  In following the instructions here:

http://dev.schausberger.cc/2013/05/obfuscating-visual-studio-net-2010-code-before-creating-setup-project/

and here:

https://www.learningpenguin.net/myblog/2010/11/11/how-to-use-preemptive-dotfuscator-in-visual-studio-setup-project-to-protect-your-code/

I get a build error  Postbuildevent failed with error code 1

and another one "The command ""C:\Program Files ... exited with code 1"

I have copied the instructions to the build event of the project and tried putting them in the postbuild event of setup project to create an MSI file.  I also tried putting it in both.  I always come up with build errors.  

Please, can anyone help me figure out what should be a SIMPLE process?  There's no forums at Preemptive Solutions only FAQs that are geared towards the pay version and not the CE.

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Never able to get it working used a freeware program instead.
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Used a freeware program
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