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Windows Installer Deployment Overview 

Deployment in Visual Studio differs from traditional setup and deployment in many respects. Rather than creating script-based setup programs, Visual Studio deployment uses Microsoft Windows Installer technology to create installers that give you complete control over the installation process.

The following topics introduce important concepts related to deployment.

In This Section

Deployment Via Distributable Media

Explains the process of distributing applications via CD-ROMs or other media.

Deployment of a Web Setup Project

Describes methods for deploying files and applications to a Web server.

Deployment Alternatives

Describes other methods of deployment.

Setup and Deployment Projects

Describes the available types of deployment projects.

Setup Projects

Describes creating an installer for an application.

Cab File Projects

Describes creating a .Cab file for Web download.

Merge Module Projects

Describes creating a merge module for a component.

Related Sections

Windows Installer Deployment Concepts

Provides links to topics covering concepts related to deployment.

Windows Installer Deployment Tasks

Provides links to topics covering the tasks involved in deployment.

Integrated Development Environment for Visual Studio

Explains the steps involved in developing an application.

Managing Solutions, Projects, and Files

Gives information about working with projects and solutions, including deployment projects.

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