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I am currently using VB6 Package and Deployment Wizard to create my
setup.exe's but this sometimes fails on some users windows platforms.

My question is do developers use a more up to date installation application
to create setup.exe's for VB6 apps? If so what package/deployment
applications are preferred?

Martin

Jul 17 '05 #1
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"Martin" <ca****@btconnect.com> wrote in
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I am currently using VB6 Package and Deployment Wizard to create
my setup.exe's but this sometimes fails on some users windows
platforms.

My question is do developers use a more up to date installation
application to create setup.exe's for VB6 apps? If so what
package/deployment applications are preferred?

Martin


I personally never provide a setup package, and indeed, go out of my way
to ensure that my programs don't need one. The closest I get to one is
sometimes providing a self-extracting archive instead of just a zip
file.

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Now I just need to regen my sigmonster again...
Jul 17 '05 #2

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Sounds like a good idea, but how would I get the VB run time files installed
on a users machine without a setup utility?
Regards

Martin

"Auric__" <no*********@email.address> wrote in message
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"Martin" <ca****@btconnect.com> wrote in
news:cq**********@sparta.btinternet.com:
I am currently using VB6 Package and Deployment Wizard to create
my setup.exe's but this sometimes fails on some users windows
platforms.

My question is do developers use a more up to date installation
application to create setup.exe's for VB6 apps? If so what
package/deployment applications are preferred?

Martin


I personally never provide a setup package, and indeed, go out of my way
to ensure that my programs don't need one. The closest I get to one is
sometimes providing a self-extracting archive instead of just a zip
file.

--
auric underscore underscore at hotmail dot com
*****
Now I just need to regen my sigmonster again...

Jul 17 '05 #3

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> "Auric__" <no*********@email.address> wrote in message
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I personally never provide a setup package, and indeed, go out of
my way to ensure that my programs don't need one. The closest I
get to one is sometimes providing a self-extracting archive
instead of just a zip file.

"Martin" <ca****@btconnect.com> wrote in
news:cq**********@titan.btinternet.com:
Sounds like a good idea, but how would I get the VB run time files
installed on a users machine without a setup utility?
Regards

Martin


I leave it up to the user. I provide a little note, typically in a
readme.txt file *and* on the web page they download from (if indeed
they get it from my web page), that specifies what they need. I also
might point to where they can download the runtimes from another web
site. (In one special case, the user needs to have fm20.dll installed,
and I tell them to either have Office 97 or later installed, or where
to get it from MS, but that particular dll can't be redistributed.)

The only exception to that is any dlls I have written myself, which I
would include in the same archive as the program itself.

--
auric underscore underscore at hotmail dot com
*****
Now I just need to regen my sigmonster again...
Jul 17 '05 #4

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"Martin" <ca****@btconnect.com> wrote in message
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I am currently using VB6 Package and Deployment Wizard to create my
setup.exe's but this sometimes fails on some users windows platforms.

My question is do developers use a more up to date installation application to create setup.exe's for VB6 apps? If so what package/deployment
applications are preferred?

Martin

I use InstallShield Express (the older version). Am very happy with it, the
price, reasonable.
Jul 17 '05 #5

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"Auric__" <no*********@email.address> wrote in message
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"Auric__" <no*********@email.address> wrote in message
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I personally never provide a setup package, and indeed, go out of
my way to ensure that my programs don't need one. The closest I
get to one is sometimes providing a self-extracting archive
instead of just a zip file.


"Martin" <ca****@btconnect.com> wrote in
news:cq**********@titan.btinternet.com:
Sounds like a good idea, but how would I get the VB run time files
installed on a users machine without a setup utility?
Regards

Martin


I leave it up to the user. I provide a little note, typically in a
readme.txt file *and* on the web page they download from (if indeed
they get it from my web page), that specifies what they need. I also
might point to where they can download the runtimes from another web
site. (In one special case, the user needs to have fm20.dll installed,
and I tell them to either have Office 97 or later installed, or where
to get it from MS, but that particular dll can't be redistributed.)

The only exception to that is any dlls I have written myself, which I
would include in the same archive as the program itself.

--
auric underscore underscore at hotmail dot com
*****
Now I just need to regen my sigmonster again...

Results that your programs are not keyed in the system registry...
How to remove them properly / how to be sure to safely delete a component that
is unused ?

Rgds
Erik

Jul 17 '05 #6

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"Erik De Keyser" <er************@mickeysnotmail.com> wrote in
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"Auric__" <no*********@email.address> wrote in message
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I leave it up to the user. I provide a little note, typically in a
readme.txt file *and* on the web page they download from (if
indeed they get it from my web page), that specifies what they
need. I also might point to where they can download the runtimes
from another web site. (In one special case, the user needs to
have fm20.dll installed, and I tell them to either have Office 97
or later installed, or where to get it from MS, but that
particular dll can't be redistributed.)

The only exception to that is any dlls I have written myself,
which I would include in the same archive as the program itself.

Results that your programs are not keyed in the system registry...
How to remove them properly / how to be sure to safely delete a
component that is unused ?

Rgds
Erik


The only components I use (with the exception of the previously-
mentioned fm20.dll) are the runtimes, comctl32.dll, and comdlg32.dll;
I *never* uninstall them (and of course, I never install them in the
first place). If I want some added functionality, I either stick to
whatever comes with Windows, or I write it myself.

As for uninstalling, the readme.txt has a section called
"uninstalling":
To uninstall [app], simply delete the folder and all files and
subfolders while the program is not running.

--
auric underscore underscore at hotmail dot com
*****
Now I just need to regen my sigmonster again...
Jul 17 '05 #7

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