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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Creating the Installation for Stealth Player

One of the things I’ve never had to deal with in my career as a software consultant is the unknown state of clients. I’ve always developed applications knowing what to expect on the client’s computer. Even if there were a lot of prerequisite applications needed on the client, I never really had to deal with their installation. Instead, I relied on operations staff to take care of these issues.

Well today is a different day. My application has two major prerequisites, the .NET Framework and Media Player. These two pieces of software have there own prerequisites too, but both can work on windows versions down to Windows 95. The big deal here is I can’t put all the prerequisites into one MSI because it would be HUGH. I don’t want potential customers to be scared away by a long download time. This is especially true if the user already has all the prerequisites! What to do?

The solution I found was on Code Project. Davide Icardi is the man behind dotNetInstaller and he must be a crazy man, because his solution to my problem is worth money! If his prerequisite installer works and I make money using it, I’ll definitely send this guy a generous donation. In any case, Davide – THANKS. If you’re in my boat take a look, or if you have another solution to this problem, please let me know.


  • At 3:46 PM, Blogger Ian said…

    UPDATE - I just realized that the minium requirements are Windows 98 Second Edition...I'm OK with this.


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