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Creating a installer in visual studio 2010

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Hi everyone!
I'm making a installer in visual studio 2010 for my DirectX app. I want the installer to include a bunch of files, including documentation, and resources like effects files, .X files and so forth. But there are almost a hundred files I want to include and I don't think adding all files directly to the installer is the best way to do it, I've thought of creating some kind of package or zip file and make sure the installer "unzip" them, but I don't know if it's possible, because I've never worked with installers before.
What do you do when you create a installer, specially when you create one for a DirectX app?

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I'm not sure about how VS does it, but installers made with tools like wix, nsis, and Inno Setup are basically zip packages - the files are compressed during creation and extracted during installation. You can use wildcards to add multiple files, so you you don't have to list each one in the xml explicitly. Edited by turch

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I'm not sure about how VS does it, but installers made with tools like wix, nsis, and Inno Setup are basically zip packages - the files are compressed during creation and extracted during installation. You can use wildcards to add multiple files, so you you don't have to list each one in the xml explicitly.


I think in VS it's the same. Thank you!

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