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How to create an installer

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I was wondering what is required to create an installer for a program and if there are any good tutorials on creating an install program, either from an API or from scratch. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Don''t write your own installer!!

Either use a commercial one, InstallShield is the standard, though it''s a bit pricey for most people, or use a free one.

There''s plenty of free ones, but I recommend the Visual Studio installer. It''s free for anyone who owns VC++ (you can download it from microsoft here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/downloads/vsi11/download.asp) It''s not very full-featured, but it uses the Windows Installer engine, and does most of what you''ll want for a simple game.

Whichever installer you choose, make sure it supports Windows Installer (that is, it produces .msi files, not .cab files or anything else). This is what everyone should be using to write installers (in fact you have to use it if you want a "Designed for Windows 2000" logo - though you probably don''t if you''re just going it alone)


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Thanks. That was pretty much what I was looking for. I will take a look at the one for Visual Studio owners.
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also try out InstallMaker by Clickteam: really easy to use, great compression, you'll have your installer ready in minutes:

InstallMaker



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