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David_Lapierre
Level 3

.NET in release wizard vs Redistributable

In the release wizard one can choose to include .NET Framework 1.0 or 1.1 or 2.0.

One can also choose to include .NET as a redistributable.

Why would someone choose one method over the other?

The same seems true or the setup launcher. The release wizard lets you include MSI Engine Version 2.0 or 3.0 or 3.1 or (best fit for system) but you can also include the install engine as a redistributable.

The online help does not seem to explain the pros and cons or why one would choose one way over the other.

My application requires .NET 3.5 SP1 and I have a tool I developed using .NET 3.5 to convert a database that I need to run at install time. I am choosing to install .NET 3.5 SP1 as a redistributable so do I have to worry about including the .NET framework when going through the release wizard?
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Marwan
Level 7

Release settings are there just for backward compatibility. Prerequisites are the recommended way.
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