HOWTO: Run Setup1.vbp in the Design Environment

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You can customize the installation program created by the Setup Wizard(renamed Package and Deployment Wizard, or PDW, in Visual Basic 6.0) bymodifying the Setup1.vbp project, also known as the Setup Toolkit. However,you cannot run or debug this project in the Visual Basic Design Environmentunless you emulate the behavior of the compiled setup routine.

NOTE: Microsoft Technical Support does not support the modification of the setup process or any of the setup files. Support is provided for the Setup Wizard on an "as is" basis only.
Before you can run the Visual Basic portion of setup, the Setup.exe programmust copy certain files to their destination directories. Setup.exe alsocreates an uninstall log file that is used by Setup1.exe for 32-bitapplications, and it copies Setup1.lst to the \Windows directory so it willnot be swapped out.

Setup.exe invokes Setup1.exe (Setup132.exe using Visual Basic 4 32-bit)with certain command-line arguments. In order to run the Setup1 project inthe Visual Basic Design Environment, these arguments must be set. Do thisby launching the Visual Basic Design Environment from the Setup program andspecifying your modified Setup1.vbp as a command-line argument.

Step-by-Step Example

  1. Run the Application Setup Wizard or PDW, and follow the steps to produce the default setup distribution set in a folder.
  2. Edit the Setup.lst file in a text editor, such as Notepad. Use themethod described below for the version of Visual Basic installed, makingchanges where noted:

    Visual Basic 4.0 16-bit

    Replace it with:
    Setup=c:\vb\vb.exe c:\vb\setupkit\setup1\setup1.vbp /cmd						
    Visual Basic 4.0 32-bit

    Replace it with:
    Setup=c:\vb\vb32.exe c:\vb\setupkit\setup1\setup1.vbp /cmd						
    Visual Basic 5.0

    Replace it with:
    Setup="c:\program files\devstudio\vb\vb5.exe"      "c:\program files\devstudio\vb\setupkit\setup1\setup1.vbp" /cmd						
    NOTE: The entry should be on one line only, with necessary quotation marks depending on long file name usage.

    Visual Basic 6.0

    Replace it with:
    Spawn=C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~1\VB98\VB6.exe C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~1\VB98\Wizards\PDWizard\Setup1\Setup1.vbp /cmd						
    NOTE: The entry should be on one line only. Your path may vary depending upon where you installed Visual Basic 6.0. Please change the path in the example above as needed, using short file names (8.3).

    Modify the paths as appropriate. Save Setup.lst when this step is complete.
  3. Start the installation by running Setup.exe.

    After Setup.exe finishes, it will start the Visual Basic Design Environment with the Setup Toolkit (Setup1.vbp) project loaded, the correct files in the correct places, the uninstall log already created, and with the command-line arguments set properly. This is the function of the /cmd argument. It allows Visual Basic to pick up the command-line arguments that Setup.exe sends to the second portion of the installation process, Setup1.exe (Setup132.exe using Visual Basic 4.0).
  4. Add the desired break points. Press the F5 or F8 key to run the project.

    Note that if you click the "Exit Setup" button at any time while runningthe project, or if the program runs to the end either successfully or bya trapped error, the log file (setup.lst) and the uninstall program aredeleted. Conversely, if you run repeated tests of your version ofSetup Toolkit, multiple copies of the log file (StXunst.000,StXunst.001, and so on) are copied into your \Windows directory, where"X" is the version of Visual Basic being used. These may be safelydeleted after you exit the Visual Basic Design Environment.
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