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Posted 12 Dec 2005

Bootstrapper for the VC++ 2005 Redists (with MSI 3.1)

, 24 Feb 2006
A discussion on deployment in Visual C++ 2005, and an amended version of the vcredist_x86.exe that includes MSI 3.1.
´╗┐Bootstrapper for the VC++2005 redists (with MSI3.1)

Provided is the source code for the Visual C++ bootstrapper. The source code
to the bootstrapper is contained in Src.

Also provided is the source code to a DLL that is required by the installer.
The DLL is a simple hello world library that makes use of the C and C++
runtimes and dynamically loads them.

The codeproject article for this program is:


1. Download the following:

Windows Installer 2.0 Redistributable ANSI (InstMSIA.exe)
Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 Express Setup (SP4Express_EN.exe)
Internet Explorer 6.0 Express Setup (ie6setup.exe). Only if you use MFC.
Windows Installer 3.1 Redistributable (WindowsInstaller-kb893803-v2-x86.exe)

Links are available in the Codeproject article.

2. Copy the following from your redist folder:
VcRedist_x86.exe (obtain from your Visual Studio dir).


Read the Codeproject article for instructions on creating your own VCredist.msi
project. You also have to alter some hardcoded strings in the source.

in resource.h, change VCREDIST_NAME to VCredist.msi.
in vccrt_x86.SED, Look for the line saying:


Change that to:



Open up VCCRTBoot.sln in the root folder, make sure you have downloaded the
necessary components and build the solution.

If you get any errors in the post build step, then make sure you have properly
downloaded all the required components and have placed them in the same
directory as the solution. Also check if you need to rename any files (see

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