Hello,

I build a lot of small msi-packages with the setup-project-tools from Visual Studio 2005. But now, I have to deploy a driver for a USB-Device.
So, I found the difxapp-Mergemodule an read a lot here, but nothing that helped me out.

Is there a step-for-step-tutorial (in best case with pictures, the buttons in the German Version are named totally different as in the english Version)

any help is welcome :)

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Daniel
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I have to deploy a driver for a USB-Device

using dpinst.exe is another good option
Answered 07/30/2009 by: cygan
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You may be able to use a combination of this: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd163204.aspx and post #21 in this thread: http://itninja.com/question/gnu,-freeware-and-shareware-programs-to-cloning5346&mpage=1&key=뇓. My brief guide was only intended to be rule of thumb though....
Answered 07/30/2009 by: captain_planet
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Cygs, DifXApp is essentially DPINST wrapped up in a merge module and some CAs.
Answered 07/30/2009 by: VBScab
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@ Captain_Planet: The first Problem: How do I create a component? Can't find that in the GErman Version. Or do you mean a Setup-Project as a component?
And how do I set the Inf-File as Keypath?

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Daniel
Answered 07/30/2009 by: Daniel26
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DifXApp is essentially DPINST wrapped up in a merge module and some CAs
yep got my lingo all wrong
Answered 07/30/2009 by: cygan
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@ Captain_Planet: The first Problem: How do I create a component? Can't find that in the GErman Version. Or do you mean a Setup-Project as a component?
And how do I set the Inf-File as Keypath?


hi daniel from what I can see I think you are better off using dpinst

capture the your setup.exe ie using wise / installshield

and then use dpinst.exe to install your drivers ie .inf file using a custom action

I can show you how to go about it.

using the merge module difxapp can be a pain sometimes

this is just a suggestion go with what you are comfortable with

cheers
Answered 07/30/2009 by: cygan
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I tried dpinst from the commandline, but it don't work (in Vista x86).
Oh, sorry: It worked....but only one time.
After the dpinst I pluged in the device, and then the Driver-Installation-Assistent comes up and asked me where to search for the driver.
But I don't want this behavior.
Waht I want: The user gets a CD with the Hardware, puts in the CD before plugs in the device, installes the application and the drivers.
Then, he plugs in the device via USB, and the device is working. No driver-assistent.

Can I do this with difxapp?

But, to learn a little bit: Can you explain me what you mean with "component" and how do I create this? And how do I set the file as keypath?

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Daniel
Answered 07/30/2009 by: Daniel26
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But, to learn a little bit: Can you explain me what you mean with "component" and how do I create this? And how do I set the file as keypath?

have a look at this http://www.symantec.com/connect/articles/how-package-signed-device-driver-using-wise-package-studio
Answered 07/30/2009 by: cygan
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Hmmm, Okay. Thanks for the link. But this is for wise, is there a HowTo for Visual Studio?

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Daniel
Answered 07/30/2009 by: Daniel26
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But this is for wise, is there a HowTo for Visual Studio?

this will hopefully give you the concepts that you need and then you can try and apply the concepts with VS
Answered 07/30/2009 by: cygan
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VS is not a packaging tool. Get yourself (or have you employer get for you) a proper tool. Although there are two main players, Wise/Altiris and InstallShield, there are doubts about the future of the Wise product line (or, more correctly, whether it will ever properly support up-to-date OSs in anything like a reasonable time-frame), now that they are owned by Symantec. I say this as a long-term Wise user and as someone who regards it as being - in general - the better product (no flames please).
Answered 07/30/2009 by: VBScab
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