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Deployment (How Do I in Visual Basic)

This page links to help on widely used Visual Basic deployment tasks. To view other categories of popular tasks covered in Help, see How Do I in Visual Basic.

Choosing a Deployment Strategy

Compares ClickOnce and Windows Installer technology.

Deploying 64-bit Applications

Describes general considerations for deploying a 64-bit application.

Adding Custom Prerequisites

Describes how to install packages for shared components or system components that are prerequisite to running your application.

Windows Installer Deployment Tasks

This section contains common Windows Installer deployment tasks.

How to: Publish a ClickOnce Application

Describes how to publish a ClickOnce application to a Web server, file share, or removable media.

How to: Specify Which Files Are Published by ClickOnce

Describes how to publish certain files, or install certain files based on conditions.

How to: Change the Publish Language for a ClickOnce Application

Describes how to establish the language and culture of your development computer. If you are publishing a localized application, you need to specify a language and culture to match the localized version.

How to: Install Prerequisites with a ClickOnce Application

Describes how to choose a set of prerequisite components to be packaged along with your application.

How to: Manage Updates for a ClickOnce Application

Describes specifying when and how update checks are performed, whether updates are mandatory, and where the application should check for updates.

How to: Enable ClickOnce Security Settings

Describes how enable security settings in order to publish the application.

How to: Sign Application and Deployment Manifests

Describes how to strong-name a manifest.

How to: Deploy a 64-bit Application Using ClickOnce

Describes how to publish a 64-bit application with ClickOnce.

Deploying COM Components with ClickOnce

Describes how to deploy legacy COM components either using the bootstrapper or using native component isolation (also known as registration-free COM).

Building ClickOnce Applications from the Command Line

Describes how to build and deploy projects from the command line by using MSBuild.

Debugging ClickOnce Applications That Use System.Deployment.Application

Describes how to use and customize advanced ClickOnce deployment features. This includes creating an "Update Now" option in your application, on-demand downloads of components, and integrated application updates.

How to: Publish a ClickOnce Application

Describes how to publish a ClickOnce application to a Web server, file share, or removable media.

How to: Specify Which Files Are Published by ClickOnce

Describes how to publish certain files, or install certain files based on conditions.

How to: Change the Publish Language for a ClickOnce Application

Describes how to establish the language and culture of your development computer. If you are publishing a localized application, you need to specify a language and culture to match the localized version.

How to: Install Prerequisites with a ClickOnce Application

Describes how to choose a set of prerequisite components to be packaged along with your application.

How to: Manage Updates for a ClickOnce Application

Describes specifying when and how update checks are performed, whether updates are mandatory, and where the application should check for updates.

How to: Automatically Increment the ClickOnce Publish Version

Describes increments to the Revision number of the Publish Version when you publish an application.

How to: Specify the ClickOnce Install Mode

Describes how to determine whether the application will be available offline or online.

How to: Set Deployment Project Properties

Describes categories of deployment properties: general project properties and configuration-dependent properties.

How to: Specify Per-user or Per-computer Installation

Describes how to specify whether you want the application to be installed for all users of the computer, or only for the user doing the installation.

How to: Sign Application and Deployment Manifests

Describes how to strong-name a manifest.

How to: Delay Sign an Assembly (Visual Studio)

Describes how to use delayed or partial signing to provide the public key, deferring the addition of the private key until the assembly is handed off.

How to: Set a Security Zone for a ClickOnce Application

Describes how to start with a base set of permissions and add the permissions required by your application one at a time.

How to: Create or Add a Setup Project

Describes how to create Setup projects, which are used to create Windows Installer (.msi) files. There are two types of setup projects: Standard and Web.

Walkthrough: Deploying a Windows-based Application

Provides instructions for creating an installer for a Windows application that sets up shortcuts and file associations, adds an entry to the registry, displays custom dialogs, and checks the version of Internet Explorer during installation.

Walkthrough: Creating a Custom Action

Demonstrates the process of creating a DLL custom action to direct a user to a Web page at the end of an installation.

How to: Create a Windows Installer for a 64-bit Platform

Describes creating installers for 64-bit applications and components.

How to: Install Prerequisites in Windows Installer Deployment

Describes how to choose a set of prerequisite components to be packaged along with your application.

How to: Create or Add a Merge Module Project

Creates a merge module (.msm) file that includes all files, resources, registry entries, and setup logic for your component.

How to: Create or Add a Cab Project

Creates cabinet (.cab) files that can be used to download components to a Web browser. This option should be used when you want code to run on a client computer instead of on a server.

How to: Add Merge Modules to a Deployment Project

Creates your own merge modules using Visual Studio, or you can use existing merge modules that are available for many standard components from Microsoft as well as from third-party vendors.

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