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Install a program - just copy it using xcopy?

UJ
I have a process that will automatically update programs on client
computers. The thing I want to check though is when I 'install' the program,
is it really just as easy as copying the file to the appropriate directory?
I don't need to worry about shortcuts or registry items.

TIA - Jeff.

Oct 24 '05 #1
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On Mon, 24 Oct 2005 08:02:56 -0400, UJ wrote:
I have a process that will automatically update programs on client
computers. The thing I want to check though is when I 'install' the program,
is it really just as easy as copying the file to the appropriate directory?
I don't need to worry about shortcuts or registry items.


Yes, if your program is a pure .NET program, you just need to copy your
assemblies in a directory and that's it. Of course, if you are using COM
components such as ActiveX controls, they'll need to be registered; if your
program or another program relies on registry keys to be set during the
installation process, you'll need to create those key; if you want to place
a shortcut to your program on the desktop or in the start menu to make it
easier for the user to launch your program, you'll need to create them...
But, stricto-senso, all you need to do to "install" a .NET program is xcopy
the folder containing its assemblies (provided that the target machine has
the approapriate version of the .NET Framework installed of course)
Oct 24 '05 #2

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