Deploying Applications and Components
Deployment is the process by which you distribute a finished application or component to be installed on other computers. In Visual Studio 2010, you can deploy applications or components by using either ClickOnce deployment or Windows Installer deployment technology. For a discussion of the options available for deployment, see Choosing a Deployment Strategy.
The following topics will help you learn more about deployment:
Compares the Visual Studio deployment technologies: ClickOnce and Windows Installer.
Describes deployment changes in Visual Studio 2010 from the traditional deployment model in earlier versions of Visual Studio.
Describes the traditional Windows Installer deployment technology, in which you create and distribute installer packages to users, and the users run a Setup file to install the application.
Describes ClickOnce deployment, which lets you publish Windows-based applications to a Web server or network file share.
Describes the bootstrapper, which is a generic installer that you can configure to install prerequisite components.
Describes error messages that are related to ClickOnce deployment and Windows Installer deployment.