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Can anyone tell me about how to create a setup package for obfuscated code in C# Windows Application?


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Gaurav kumar
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Updated 12-Jan-11 1:52am
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You will typically need to obfuscate the assemblies AFTER they are built but BEFORE they are put in the setup package. This can be done using MSBUild integration of the obfuscation step in your build process. See Crypto Obfuscator which supports this scenario.
 
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What obfuscation package? Have you asked the manufacturer of the obfuscation package for help?
 
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Well you can create Merge Module (msm file) for obfuscated code and later when you will create the installer (msi file) just merge the msm here...

Follow this MSDN[^] page to get the idea about MSM and MSI and how to create them. :)
 
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I agree with jmcc2k above. However, if you don't have a sophistocated Obfuscator and/or yo don't want to mess with editing the MSBuild, then you can try my solution below.

If you are using the included Dotfuscator CE in Visual Studio, a relatively easy (but cumbersome) way to do it is:
1) Build your executable the normal way.
2) Run Dotfuscator.
3) Using Windows Explorer, manually overwrite the exe you generated from step 1 above with the one generated by the Dotfuscator (i.e., copy the Dotfuscated exe and paste it where the original exe file is, which is probably in your Release folder).
4) Create a setup project and build that. The setup project will see the exe file and won't care that it came from Dotfuscator.
 
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