Creating an advertised shortcut that installs a feature on demand

Ordinarily, when the end user executes one of our installers, all of the components get installed right away. However, when a component is tied to an advertised shortcut, it isn't installed until the user clicks the shortcut that the associated file gets installed. This type of shortcut provides a sort of install-on-demand functionality. You might use it to delay the installation of a feature that many users wouldn't use right away, such as supplementary tools or sample projects.

Getting ready

To prepare for this recipe, perform the following steps:

  1. Create a setup project and name it AdvertisedShortcutInstaller.
  2. Add a C# Console Application project to the same Visual Studio solution ...

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