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Windows Console App vs Service

My Situation I work for a company that builds software for many other companies. When I learned installers weren't built-in with VS2012, I was curious how to deploy. So far, I have just been dropping ...
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Preferred location for installing user guides, sample documents on Windows?

By default, the installer for my product copies files to the Users\Username\AppData\local\MyProduct directory (though the user can change this during installation, of course). I want to bundle some ...
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Security Risks of Unsigned ClickOnce Manifests

Using signed manifests in ClickOnce deployments, it is not possible to modify files after the deployment package has been published - installation will fail as hash information in the manifest won't ...
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Do Windows Installers for internal business applications make sense?

I'm trying to build a general understanding for what's common in this situation so that I can decide if it makes sense to pursue it further. Are installers welcome in a typical corporate environment ...
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Where should I store the files for python modules I install?

If I download a module for Python (such as alglib) and installing is simply a matter of running python setup.py install Where should I be keeping the files I download, or the files that get created ...
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Understanding Package Management Systems

I am attempting to understand what a Package Management System. I grasp the main concept of it but I have some queries. Does a package management system install features(compilers, libraries, ...
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How to create a dynamic online Windows Installer with a key?

I'm creating an application which needs to have a key file based product activation. If a user purchases the application, the key file may have to be attached to the application EXE file dynamically ...
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How can I build a C# project (installer) for multiple environments

I would like to propose a solution to our companies problem with building consistent installers for different environments. Our current process is to build an installer for test, perform testing, ...
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Is there any Windows installer maker with decent scripting capabilities? [closed]

I need to do complex dependency processing during the installation of our solution, install a few related programs from their own installers and also probably run a few simple tests to determine ...
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How to maintain nearly identical internal/external programs without having separate codebase for each?

I have a program I'm working on that my company uses internally, but is also sent to vendors. The vendor version will be identical, except that it will be missing some features, and use an installer. ...
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May I make an installer bundle GPL and payware together?

I have an affiliate marketing client who needs to know if I can program this. Can I do one or both of the following scenarios without violating the GPL license? Scenario A: Make a software installer ...
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How to verify that all files are intact prior to install?

I'm working on my CMS (in PHP platform) for a long time now. The main program is done and I'm currently developing the Installer part. Installation itself will be fairly simple: Upload all files ...
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Is a Metro application installation restricted through Windows Store only?

I found that Windows 8 allows packaging and deploying of Metro applications and it can be installed by clicking on a ".bat" file. How will it technically be ensured that the applications can be ...
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The application I wrote is listed as malware. How to fix it?

I have a program that I wrote in Delphi. The program is available for download, but some antivirus like Norton detects it as malware, while other antivirus, like AVG, has no issues with it. ...
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Architecting Challenge: How would you write an opensource script installer to run in a browser?

I currently have an installer that works, but I have to repackage the open source apps and hack things together to get the installer to install them. I want to be able to use the apps installation ...
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What can you do to decrease the number of deployment bugs of a live website?

I'm sure lots of you have experienced this problem. A website or web application is running and is live. You want to upload the next version, but you haven't figured out everything, like setting a ...
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Is it OK to Use Dropbox in a Web Installer?

So I'm working in a modding project and they gave me the installing part as to do. We plan to publish it between 30 Aug. - 01 Sept. My question is; is it logical to use Dropbox to download files in ...
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1-click software release

I am rewriting a vb6 installer into NSIS. One of my priorities is to compile-to-release in the least number of steps possible; ideally, a one click process, in which all needed files are included, ...
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What is needed to deploy an application that uses Microsofts new LocalDB?

I'd like to know what microsoft components need to be installed for this new LocalDB to run on a users machine. Now in CTP3: SQL Server Express LocalDB LocalDB is a new lightweight deployment ...
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Branching an application setup/installer across versions?

I am wondering whether I should branch our installer script/project-file (we use InnoSetup) with each application release or whether I should keep one in installer script that generates the setup for ...
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In Visual Studio 2010, which is better to use: VS Installer or the InstallShield LE?

I built a VS Installer project in Visual Studio 2008. I see in VS 2010 they have InstallShield LE available as an alternative. I used InstallShield long ago as part of Borland Delphi, but haven't ...
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Packaging F#/C# Application

There is a .NET application built using F# (the core part, as a DLL) and C# (the GUI part, using WPF). What is the best way to package it and to make an installer package and what are the most ...
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Self-updating application - philosophy

This is a philosophical question. Given a hypothetical desktop application, and a desire to provide automatic updates (rather than forcing people to go to a website, check for an update, download an ...
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Why does every installer on Windows have to be run with elevated privileges?

The current tendency to ship even the smallest applications (like simple games, tools, etc.) as a Windows Installer (.msi) or even with .exe that can do virtually anything is very annoying. After the ...
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What should I do with this installer, using tools like Wise, InstallShield, and InstallAnywhere?

I need to find an installer tool that can do the following on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit editions): Install IIS 7 if not installed Install .NET 4.0 if ...
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Installer or Portable

I feared programs that require installation a lot. They leave traces behind the registry even after un-installation, plus, some uninstallers are poorly-programmed (that means, some programs cannot be ...