Importing Visual Studio Application

This tutorial will guide you to import a Visual Studio solution into an Advanced Installer project.

1. Start a "Visual Studio Application" project type

If Advanced Installer is not currently running, launch it by double-clicking a desktop icon or selecting it from the "Start" menu. When the application starts, you will see a dialog where you can choose “Installer” > “Visual Studio Application” project type.

Start a "Visual Studio Application" project type

The "Visual Studio Import Wizard" will be launched assisting you to configure the import parameters.

2. Enter details about your product

These are the names the user will see.

Enter details about your product

NoteYou can change these settings later in the Product Details Tab.

3. Select a distribution type

Choose the external structure of your installation package.

Select a distribution type

NoteYou can change these settings later in the Configuration Settings Tab from the Builds Page.

4. Set project and package paths

Specify project location, output folder and package name.

Set project and package paths

NoteYou can change these settings later in the Configuration Settings Tab from the Builds Page. The project name will be used if a package name is not specified.

5. Select Visual Studio file

Specify the Visual Studio solution or project file to be imported.

Select Visual Studio file

6. Detected configurations

Choose what project or solution configuration you want to import.

Detected configurations

Optionally, you can choose to Build selected configuration before proceeding.

7. Detected files

Select the files detected as output for the project or solution file.

Detected files

8. Create shortcuts for your applications

Choose which files will have shortcuts. For every file you can specify where to create shortcuts.

Create shortcuts for your applications

Optionally, you can create shortcuts with the name you need either on the Desktop, or in the Programs group from the Start menu.

NoteYou can configure the shortcuts later from the Files and Folders Page.

9. Configure VC++ prerequisite or merge modules

Add VC++ Redistributable prerequisite or merge modules to project.

Configure VC++ prerequisite or merge modules

NoteYou can change these settings later from the Prerequisites Page or the Merge Modules Page.

10. Application execution

Specify when your application should be launched.

Application execution

NoteYou can change the first option later from the Dialog Editor Page > ExitDialog > Finish Actions Tab. The last two options' implementation is described in the How to launch a file after an installation article.

11. Configure installation UI

Set the UI theme and main installer dialog.

Configure installation UI

NoteYou can change these settings later from Dialog Editor Page, Install Parameters Page and Themes Page.

12. Select build languages

Specify the languages in which to localize your package.

Select build languages

NoteYou can change these settings later from the Translations Page.

13. License Agreement

Specify a License Agreement file for the project language.

License Agreement

NoteYou can change these settings later from the Dialog Editor Page.

14. Import Visual Studio project

Import Visual Studio project

Press [ Finish ] button to import the solution or project file into a new Advanced Installer project.