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.NET Programming: A Practical Guide Using C# by Pradeep Tapadiya

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Deployment

Windows users are aware that installing an application on Windows can be complicated. For example, an installation program may copy files to various subdirectories and may update various registry settings. Backing up such an application or moving it to a different machine is not easy, as you have to hunt down all the files (spread over various directories) as well as the relevant registry entries. Moreover, uninstalling the applications may leave some files or registry entries behind, making your machine very messy.

One of the goals of .NET deployment is to simplify installation.

In the simplest case, a stand-alone .NET executable, when copied to a machine on which the .NET Framework is already installed, can simply be executed. No ...

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