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I have a set of executables that I want to to be installed based on users choices. What I mean is that users should be able to decide if they want to install all the executables or some just as it is done in the installation of Windows Office which consist of MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access etc.

I can create a set project that installs all executables and sends them to the specified installation folder, but this is not what I want in this case.

please how do I do this.

I know that in a set up project one can customize Registry set up, File System Setup, File Type Setup,User Interface Set up,Custom Action set Up, and Lunch Condition Setup.

Please where and how do I do this?
Posted 12-Sep-12 1:33am
Gbenbam1.3K
Edited 12-Sep-12 1:36am
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Jochen Arndt 12-Sep-12 7:44am
   
I don't know if I understand you right. Did you ask for some kind of installer? If yes, have a look at the free InnoSetup http://www.jrsoftware.org/isinfo.php.
Malli_S 12-Sep-12 8:06am
   
You are asking too much in a single wish. :)

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You've to create the 'Custom Actions' for each option you wanna provide. Write the DLL for custom action. Call different function from the dll as a custom action depending on the user choice.

Secondly, for that you have to have a dialog providing options to the user. You can choose any template from the existing ones from Microsoft Template Dialogs (assuming that you are using VS for building setup project.)

On 'Next' of this dialog, you can install your sub installations (by calling custom actions depending on user choice).
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Gbenbam 13-Sep-12 6:20am
   
You mean I can write a DLL for a setup project. Please can you give insight into this custom action DLL. Better stilll can you show me a sample mock dll for a custom action or show me where I can see one?
Gbenbam 13-Sep-12 6:49am
   
I attempted what you suggest. I really don't know how I will write the DLL for custom action that will control installation. What kind of parameters will I use how do I make reference to the executables in my DLL.
Malli_S 13-Sep-12 7:13am
   
check this -
http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/335516/Custom-Action-in-Visual-Studio-setup-projects
Gbenbam 13-Sep-12 8:32am
   
Am I allowed to create dialogue box for Custom action just the way it is done in typical windows application?
Malli_S 13-Sep-12 8:40am
   
Yes. but popping up multiple dialogs while installation isn't good idea.

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