Deploying Desktop Applications

Applications developed for desktop are installed like any other Microsoft Windows application. To install Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 (SQL Server Compact 3.5) with the application, you must run the SQL Server Compact 3.5 installer for desktop computers (SSCERuntime-ENU.msi). Installing SQL Server Compact 3.5 by running the installer registers the native DLLs and puts the managed assemblies in the Global Assembly Cache. This makes sure that the installation of the SQL Server Compact 3.5 on the computer can be serviced by Microsoft Update or similar technologies in future.

The installer contains the following libraries:

SQLCESE35.DLL

SQLCEQP35.DLL

SQLCEME35.DLL

SQLCEOLEDB35.DLL (OLEDB data provider)

SQLCECA35.DLL

SQLCECOMPACT35.DLL

SQLCEER35xx.DLL

System.Data.SqlServerCe.dll (ADO.NET data provider)

For more information about building a Windows application that uses SQL Server Compact 3.5, see How to: Build and Deploy an Application to a Desktop.

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