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Nov 08, 2007 at 03:05 AM

Crystal XI Runtime Installer Question

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Question:

Has anyone just created a VS2005 Setup Project that only includes the Crystal XI R2 2005 Merge Module and nothing else and had it install the Crystal Runtime? Are there any issues I am not aware of with this approach? Any information, experiences, suggestions would be appreciated.

Background:

I have a situation where I will need to install the Crystal XI R2 runtime on many PCs that will be accessing a centrally managed Windows application. The application software and Crystal Report files are only installed on the server and the PCs access them via a shortcut to the server. The runtime needs to be on the PCs as well as the server. I would like to avoid using the Windows Installer .msi file that comes with the product, for installing the runtime on the PCs, as it requires that the CD Key be entered during the install. I would rather use the Merge Module where I can embed the CD Key creating a VS2005 Setup Project process.