Thursday, July 27, 2006

Add an uninstall and him shortcut to .NET deployment project in VS2005

1. Create simple project UninstallApp.
2. Add in Main()

string[] arguments = Environment.GetCommandLineArgs();

foreach(string argument in arguments)
string[] parameters = argument.Split('=');
if (parameters[0].ToLower() == "/u")
string productCode = parameters[1];
string path = Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.System);
Process proc = new Process();
proc.StartInfo.FileName = string.Concat(path,"\\msiexec.exe");
proc.StartInfo.Arguments = string.Concat(" /i ", productCode);


3. Create new setup project
4. Add UninstallApp.exe to "Application Folder" in 'File System' part
5. In "User's Program menu" create shortcut to UninstallApp.exe and in properties of this shortcut in parameter 'arguments' insert value "/u=[ProductCode]".
6.Rebuild deployment project.

Good luck ;)