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Deploying Applications That Reference Visual Basic Power Packs

Visual Studio 2005

If you want to deploy an application that references Visual Basic Power Packs components, the components must be installed on the destination computer.

To successfully deploy an application, you must also deploy all components that are referenced by the application. The process of installing prerequisite components is known as bootstrapping.

When you install Visual Basic Power Packs on your development computer, a Microsoft Visual Basic Power Packs bootstrapper package is added to the Visual Studio bootstrapper directory. This package is then available when you follow the procedures for adding prerequisites for either ClickOnce or Windows Installer deployment.

By default, bootstrapped components are deployed from the same location as the installation package. Alternatively, you can choose to deploy the components from a URL or file share location where users can download them as necessary.


Users might need administrative permissions or similar user permissions on the computer to install bootstrapped components. For ClickOnce applications, this means that the user might need administrative permissions to install the application regardless of the security level specified by the application. After the application is installed, the user can run the application without administrative permissions.

During installation, users will be prompted for permission to install the Power Packs components if they are not present on the computer.

As an alternative to bootstrapping, you can predeploy Power Packs components by using an electronic software distribution system such as Microsoft Systems Management Server.