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How to: Create or Add a Setup Project 

Setup projects are used to create Windows Installer (.msi) files, which are used to distribute your application for installation on another computer or Web server. There are two types of setup projects. Standard setup projects create installers that install Windows applications on a target computer; Web setup projects create installers that install Web applications on a Web server.


The dialog boxes and menu commands you see might differ from those described in Help depending on your active settings or edition. To change your settings, choose Import and Export Settings on the Tools menu. For more information, see Visual Studio Settings.

To create a new setup project

  1. On the File menu, point to Add, then click New Project.

  2. In the resulting Add New Project dialog box, open the Other Project Types node and select the Setup and Deployment Projects folder.

  3. In the Templates pane, choose Setup Project for a standard setup, or Web Setup Project for a Web.

To add an existing setup project to a solution

  1. On the File menu, point to Add, then click Existing Project.

  2. In the resulting Add Existing Project dialog box, browse to the location of the setup project and click Open.

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