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Mar 28, 2007 at 10:41 AM

Deployment of CR with VS2005 application


Post Author: ampersand

CA Forum: .NET


I am currently creating a setup with Inno Setup to deploy an .NET windows application (built with VS2005). Within the app I use Crystal Report that is bundled with Visual Studio 2005. The user is only able to select a predefined report, he cannot design reports on his own.

I am a bit unsure what is the best and most efficient way to install the necessary CR components. I cannot use MergeModules as these are not supported with Inno Setup. I read something about putting the MergeModule into an MSI file and start this MSI from within InnoSetup. Is this the correct way?

Is it possible to let the user download the necessary file form your homepage instead of bundling them into the setup? The size of the CR MergeModule is pretty big (round 20MB) and this is much overhead for an application of just 2 MB.

Thanks for your help