How can I create an installer for my software?

Anonymous June 21, 2014
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Dear Friends,

I want to create an installation file which will open as wizard and install the program to C:/Program Files. At the end of the installation, I need to place an icon on the desktop and link it to the main program present in program files.

I tried to do this with iexpress.exe but was unable to keep a desktop icon and it was not allowing to write the files to C:/Program Files.

Help me to solve this problem. thanks

Manjunatha

  1. Udayveer S
    June 23, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Nullsoft NSIS Installer (The best Free tool for you.)

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  2. Bruce E
    June 22, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Your created installer needs to request the proper permissions to be able to install to Program Files. If you are using Visual Studio to create your program, it also has a facility to create an installer for your program. I haven't used versions that are compatible with Windows 8, so I don't know the exact steps you need to follow, but it should be included in the documentation.

    • Manjunatha M
      June 24, 2014 at 4:50 am

      i am using MATLAB to create GUI and EXE File.
      Presently i am Stuck with it, i thought to make stand alone application so that large number of physicist can use it. but MATLAB is giving so many errors with the stand alone application. without having matlab in the users computer they are unable to use it. Even that software is not freeware i cant ask the user to install it. so my whole six months of work is going down. So if possible you can me help me to choose the proper language to build my software and distribute to most of physicist.

      my program features:
      1.includes integration
      2. includes Differentiation (Higher And Partial)
      3. Ploting Graph (more than 4)
      and
      4. storing Large values in a output file.

      thank you.

    • Bruce E
      June 24, 2014 at 5:33 am

      You may want to consider testing it under Octave. If it works there, you don't have to worry about others having to purchase MATLAB since Octave closely resembles it and it is freely available. Most MATLAB programs can run under Octave with no or minimal modifications.

    • Bruce E
      June 24, 2014 at 6:17 am

      When you compile a MATLAB app, it links to the MATLAB runtime which is why a computer without MATLAB cannot run it. You can download the freely available MCR from MathWorks for those machines.

    • Naik.manju98
      June 24, 2014 at 7:04 am

      i am trying it with octave, all the matlab codes are running fine in octave. but my GUI is not responding in the octave giving error while loading it. so i planned to create GUI in octave and link the matlab code to the new octave GUI. will it work..?

      if you know i need help in creating GUI in octave( few Basic Steps, latter i can go on my own).

    • Bruce E
      June 24, 2014 at 7:23 am

      Before going through the hassle of rewriting your GUI code, try the compiler runtime I linked to above on the machines without MATLAB. It should provide everything needed for your compiled .m file to run on machines without MATLAB installed. Only if that does not work for you should you put in the extra effort to recreate your GUI.

    • Naik.manju98
      June 24, 2014 at 8:55 am

      ya i am trying to compile it, and googling how to fix it.. but there is no proper answer. my matlab GUI main function giving error. rest everything i could sort it out.

  3. Oron J
    June 21, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    You need to use a proper software packager. See for example the list at http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-apps/five-apps-for-creating-installation-packages/ .

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