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HOWTO: Using the Setup Wizard in Visual FoxPro 6.0

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This article describes the use of the Visual FoxPro 6.0 Setup Wizard. The Setup Wizard creates distributions from the files in your distribution tree, along with necessary system files.

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Starting the Setup Wizard

To start the Setup Wizard from the Tools menu, choose Wizards and then click Setup. If this is the first time the Setup Wizard has run since your Visual FoxPro 6.0 installation, it prompts you for a Distribution directory location. Please select the "Create directory" button when this prompt displays.

Step 1 - Locate Files

This step requires that you select a directory for your distribution tree. Consider this as the source of the files you wish to distribute. The distribution directory tree should already exist before you run the Setup Wizard. All files and subdirectories of this directory are created when the application installs on the user's computer. Be sure to include all files the user requires, but do not include any files the user does not require, or files that you do not wish the user to install.

Please refer to the section "Preparing to Make Distribution Disks" in Chapter 25: "Building an Application for Distribution" in the Visual FoxPro Programmers Guide for details.

The Setup Wizard records the options you set for each distribution tree and uses them as default values the next time you create a setup routine from the same distribution tree. This information is stored in the Wzsetup.ini file in the distribution directory. There is also a Wzsetup.ini file in the Visual FoxPro home directory, which enables the Setup Wizard to default to the distribution directory from the previous run.

NOTE: Do not attempt to use the DISTRIB directory that the Wizard creates in the step "Starting the Setup Wizard" as the directory for your distribution tree. In addition, it is a good idea to place your source tree outside the Visual FoxPro directory.

Step 2 - Specify Components

Select the system features your application uses. The Setup Wizard creates a setup routine that includes all necessary system files for the system features you specify.

The following table lists the sizes of files that you can include with your setup routine.
                                             Select this option if
    Option                         Size      your application...

    Visual FoxPro 6.0 Run-time     4 MB      Requires the Visual FoxPro
                                             Run-time file, Vfp6r.dll to
                                             execute. This .dll file
                                             is automatically included with
                                             your application's files, and
                                             installs correctly on the
                                             user's computer.

    Microsoft 8.0 Graph Run-time   2.2 MB    Includes forms that use Graph
                                             8.0 controls.

    ODBC Drivers                   4.3 MB    Communicates with tables other
                                             than Visual FoxPro .dbf files.
                                             Displays the ODBC Drivers
                                             dialog box so you can select
                                             the necessary drivers
                                             your application requires.

    COM Components                 (varies)  Includes a Component Object
                                             Model (COM) component
                                             consisting of an .exe or .dll
                                             file. Displays the
                                             "Adding COM Components"
                                             dialog box. Please see the Add
                                             COM Components section for
                                             details. This was the "Add
                                             OLE Servers" dialog box in
                                             Visual FoxPro 5.0.

    ActiveX Controls               (varies)  Requires support for multiple
                                             in-process servers, or
                                             enhanced internet and Web page
                                             functionality through
                                             installation of ActiveX
                                             controls. Displays the "Add
                                             ActiveX Controls" dialog box.
                                             See the ActiveX Controls
                                             section for details. This is
                                             new to Visual FoxPro 6.0.

    HTML help engine               700 KB    Requires the Microsoft HTML
                                             Help engine for the custom
                                             Help file in your application.
                                             For details, see Creating
                                             Graphical Help and the
                                             online Help for the HTML Help
                                             Workshop. This is new to
                                             Visual FoxPro 6.0.
The sizes listed in the preceding table represent the approximate bytes used after the files install on the user's hard disk.

Add COM Components Dialog Box

  1. To add a COM Component, choose the Add button.
  2. In the Open dialog box, select the .exe or .dll file for the server, and then click the OK button. The component's accompanying .tlb and .vbr (.exe only) files must be available in the same location as the file you select. The component file and accompanying files can exist either inside or outside the distribution source directory.
  3. If your COM component is an .exe file, you must register it as local or remote. Please see the "Adding COM Components" section of the Help topic "Setup Wizard: Step 2 - Specify Components" for details.

Add ActiveX Controls Dialog Box

This provides a list of the ActiveX controls registered on your computer. You need to select any ActiveX controls that you want to include with your application.

In previous versions of Visual FoxPro, to distribute an ActiveX control you had to copy the .ocx file to your distribution directory, and select the ActiveX check box next to the .ocx file name in the Grid of Step 6. This is no longer required, although you can still use this method if you wish. Here are the differences in the two approaches.

  • You must register controls included through the Add ActiveX Controls dialog box in order for them to appear in the list, but you do not need to copy them to the distribution directory. If you install new ActiveX controls, you must click the Refresh button in the Add ActiveX Controls dialog box to include the new controls in the list.
  • You do not need to register controls included through the grid in Step 6, but you must place them in the distribution directory.
We recommend the first approach because it does not require that you copy your .ocx files into each distribution directory. This can be difficult if you have multiple applications and want to upgrade a control to a newer version. Do not include the same ActiveX controls using both approaches. Use the approach you prefer, but only that one approach.

Step 3 - Create Disk Image Directory

The Setup Wizard creates a disk image directory tree containing images for each type you specify. If you select the Websetup option, the Setup Wizard creates a single directory to hold all the files in compressed form. If you select the Netsetup option, the Setup Wizard creates a single directory to hold all the files in uncompressed form.
    Image                   Usage

   1.44 MB 3.5-inch        When distributing to users that install from

   Websetup (compressed)   When distributing to users that install through
                           low speed connections like from intranet or
                           Internet. If you want to create a Web executable
                           (see Step 7 for details), you must select this

   Netsetup (uncompressed) When distributing to users that install through
                           a Local Area Network (LAN) or Wide Area Network
                           (WAN) network connection.
You can create the disk image directory before you run the Setup Wizard. If you want the Setup Wizard to create the directory for you, type a directory name in the text box.

Step 4 - Setup Options

The Setup Wizard creates installation dialog boxes with the title you specify in the Dialog Caption box. It also places the copyright statement in the About Setup dialog box that the user can access from the About command on the Setup application's control menu. Entries are required in the Dialog Caption and Setup Copyright boxes. The Post-Setup Executable entry is optional. If the Post-Setup executable is a Visual FoxPro executable, it functions correctly but may cause the setup program to hang when installed under Windows NT.

NOTE: To advance to Step 5, you must enter text in both the "Setup dialog box caption" and "Copyright information" text boxes. If you do not want to copyright your application, enter None for Copyright information.

Step 5 - Specify Default Destination

The setup routine places your application in the directory you specify in the Default directory text box. The directory and file structure tree created in the default directory by the setup program mimic the directory tree in the distribution directory from Step 1. You should enter the default Start menu program group in the Program group text box. The option buttons determine whether the user can change both the destination directory and the program group, or only the destination directory at install.

Step 6 - Change File Settings

NOTE: To create a Start menu program group and icon for your application, you must select the PM Item option, providing the information described in the following table.

The Setup Wizard lists your files in a grid. You can change the settings for the listed files by clicking the item you want to change. Only the files contained in your distribution directory structure are listed here. System files added through Step 2 do not display in the list. The following table describes the settings displayed in each column:
   Column       Description

   File         The file name as created on the user's computer. You cannot
                edit the file name here but it depends on the file name as
                it appears in the distribution directory.

   Target Dir   Selects the file directory. You can install the file on the
                user's computer into the Application directory (AppDir in
                the drop-down), Windows directory (WinDir), or Windows
                System directory (WinSysDir).

   PM Item      If you select this option, the wizard displays the Program
                Group Menu Item dialog box so you can specify program item
                Properties such as, Description, Command Line, and Icon.

                The Description is the text that appears with the program
                icon in the Start Menu.

                The Command Line is the path to the file you want to
                display in the Start Menu. You should use an embedded %s
                sequence to replace the application directory. The "s" must
                be lowercase. Using the %s sequence ensures that the
                program item points to the files correctly even if your
                users specify a name for the application directory other
                than the default name. The following example specifies a
                command line for an executable called MyExe.exe, located in
                the distribution directory:


                If you are creating a Menu Item for your executable, and
                you add an icon to your executable, you do not need to add
                an icon in this step. You can add the icon to your
                executable by right-clicking in the Project Manager window
                and selecting Project Info. Click the Attach Icon in the
                Project page of the Project Information dialog box. Make
                sure you add an icon with 16 x 16 and 32 x 32 images so the
                image displays correctly in all Explorer views.

                If you specify an icon that is outside your source tree,
                the setup routine installs the icon in your application

   ActiveX      If you select the check box here, the setup generated
                registers the ActiveX control when you install the control
                on a user's computer. As mentioned earlier, for the control
                to appear in the list here, you must add it to your
                distribution directory. The preferred approach is to add
                the controls as in Step 2, which requires no action here in
                Step 6.

Step 7 - Finish

There are two check boxes at this point.

The "Generate a Web executable file" check box enables only if you select the Websetup check box in Step 3.

If you select "Generate a Web executable file", the Setup Wizard creates a single executable file from your distribution files, called Webapp.exe. This file is located in the directory specified in Step 3. Use this option with the Websetup option of Step 3 to maximize compression for fast Web download of your application. This option can be time-consuming if you have specified many setup options. The actual creation of the Web executable is done through a command prompt application, and displays a MS- DOS or Command Prompt box that shows the status.

The "Create a dependency (.DEP) file" specifies that the Setup Wizard create dependency files (an .ini-style file with a .dep extension). This file contains not only dependency files needed by a component, but also any necessary registration and localization information. This file is also located in the directory specified in Step 3.

When you choose Finish, the Setup Wizard records the configuration for use the next time you create distribution disks from the same distribution tree. It then starts creating the application disk or Net/Websetup images.

A progress dialog box displays as the wizard moves through its required functions.

After the Setup Wizard has completes, the Setup Wizard Disk Statistics dialog box displays. Here you find a list of files and their sizes, disk location if applicable, and so forth. Select Done to close the dialog box and complete the wizard.

Now that you have created the images you specified, you may use them for installation. If you chose the 1.44 MB 3.5 option to make disk images, copy the images to diskettes. Note that you must copy the contents of the Disk<n> directory to each disk, not the directory itself. This means that the files themselves from each Disk<n> are in the root directory of the diskette, rather than having the Disk<n> directory in the root directory of each diskette. Then copy and combine the disks with the rest of your distribution package.

The Websetup and Netsetup directories contain Setup.exe, some other files required by setup, and a file named contains your application files. The only difference between the two is that the files in are in a compressed form for the Websetup.

To distribute a Netsetup or Websetup, place the contents of the Netsetup or Websetup directories in a network share and allow users to connect and run Setup.exe from there.

To distribute a Web executable, allow users to download the Webapp.exe and run it to install. You can rename this file to a more descriptive name if you wish, but be sure to retain the .exe extension.

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Visual FoxPro 6.0 Programmers Guide

Visual FoxPro Programmers Guide in the Microsoft Developer Network CD; Chapter 13: "Compiling an Application"; Chapter 25: "Building an Application for Distribution"; Chapter 26: "Creating Distribution Disks".

(c) Microsoft Corporation 1998. All Rights Reserved. Contributions by Jim Saunders, Microsoft Corporation

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Keywords: KB194434, kbhowto, kbappsetup

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Article ID : 194434
Revision : 4
Created on : 2/11/2005
Published on : 2/11/2005
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