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    ACCESS XP - packaging and deployment (XP)

    Can anyone recommend the best tool to package an application? I need to include the Access 2000 runtime and automatically create a desktop icon. I have an old copy of Installshield 2 but I don't know what files to include with the runtime. Microsoft packaging & deployment includes the runtime but doesn't tell me what files it includes other than msaccess.exe and the wizard doesn't give me an option to create a desktop shortcut. Thanks.

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    Re: ACCESS XP - packaging and deployment (XP)

    Either get an updated InstallShield or look into a competitive upgrade to Wise installer. In both case, your best bet is to invest in a Sagekey script to structure the installer. InstallShield used to have an app called InstallShield Express, but I don't know if it is still available. That was a non-scripted version of InstallShield that worked a lot like the setup wizard except better, and it could create desktop shortcuts, among other things. It was also comparatively inexpensive when compared to the full InstallShield or Wise installers.

    Wait a minute ... which version of Access are you dealing with? You can't include the 2000 runtime with an AXP installation.
    Charlotte

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    Re: ACCESS XP - packaging and deployment (XP)

    Could you make an install using:
    1) the packaging from OXP Dev for the runtime etc.
    2) then wrap it in something like install maker (which is free) to create the desktop icon and other stuff?
    It is 2 stages but gives a lot of flexibility and once you bought OXP Dev you can use a free program for the rest

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