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Unable to build redistributable file '<file>'; the file is missing

The deployment project cannot be built because the referenced bootstrapper file is missing. The Bootstrapper project property is set to Windows Installer Bootstrapper or Web Bootstrapper.

You should either replace the missing file or change the Bootstrapper setting to None.

To correct this error

To replace the missing bootstrapper file:

  • Reinstall Visual Studio .NET, choosing the Repair option to replace the missing file.

To change the Bootstrapper setting:

  1. In Solution Explorer, select the deployment project.
  2. On the Project menu, choose Properties.
  3. In the Property Pages dialog box, select the Bootstrapper property and set it to None.

See Also

Setting Deployment Project Properties