Building a Setup for a Windows Forms Application

This step by step tutorial guides you towards how to create a setp for a Windows Forms application using Visual Studio 2005.


Step 1: First of all, create a Windows Forms application. 


Step 2: Next add a setup project by clicking on File-> Add-> New Project.

By clicking here the window will open like this:


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Step 3: Select here Setup and Deployment in the left side bar in project types.

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Here we find three options as following:

  1. Application Folder
  2. User's Desktop
  3. User's Program Menu

Step 4: These three options are the three places where we want to copy our setup fules during the installation process. From here we have to select one option. Suppose I select User's Desktop. Then Right click on User's Desktop option and select Add-> Project Output. The window will look like as.

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Step 5: After clicking on Project Output, a new window will open. Here we select first four options. Now click on OK.

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Step 6: After clicking on OK, Rebuild the Setup from Build option in Menu bar like as.

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Step 7: After this, let's test our setup by going right clicing on the setup project in Solution Explorer and click on Install menu item. 


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The setup process will start, which looks like this: 

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Step 8: After copmpleting the installation go on desktop there you will find all files you have included in the setup on the desktop.