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customizing an EXE

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I'm not very experienced with windows development as I spend most of my time on web applications. I find myself needing to create a small windows application that connects to a network database to perform a few functions. The EXE will be downloaded from a web server. Each user downloading the application must have their own database connection information encrypted within the EXE. The user doesn't know the connection information so I can't ask for it at run-time. There are too many users to create an EXE for each one manually. So my question is how can I customize an EXE on the fly before the user downloads it?
Feb 5 '09 #1
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Connection information doesn't have to be embedded in your exe file, why not place it in a separate config file? "Customizing" an exe file on the server side is not a common practice, and hard-coding connection data should also be avoided anyway.
Feb 6 '09 #2

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I don't want to the user to have to unzip a file to run the app.
Feb 6 '09 #3

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How about getting the configuration from a static server?
Feb 6 '09 #4

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