MS Office VSTO ClickOnce Deployment Summary

Learn about the ClickOnce deployment technology used for deploying Microsoft Office-based solutions built with Visual Studio 2008 Professional. For more information Visit MSDN Office Developer Center.

For list and description of deployment files created by VS 2008 Publishing wizard, see sample VSTO ClickOnce Deployment Files

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Setup.exe Basic steps

Required Prerequisite Components on the Target Computer

Required Administrative Rights to Perform an Installation

Setup.exe Basic steps

  1. Install prerequisite components on the user computer.

  2. Deploy the solution specific components.

  3. For add-ins, create registry entries.

  4. Trust the solution to allow it to execute.

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Required Prerequisite Components on the Target Computer

To run Visual Studio Tools for the Office system 3.0 solutions, the following software must be available on the user computer. *Hosted by Monster.com

  • The 2007 Microsoft Office system

  • Windows Installer 3.1

  • The Microsoft .NET Framework, version 3.5 SP1

  • The Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office system (version 3.0 runtime). Visual Studio Tools for the Office system 3.0 provides a runtime environment that manages add-ins and document-level solutions,

  • The primary interop assemblies for the 2007 Microsoft Office system. For application-level add-ins or document-level solutions for the 2007 Microsoft Office system, these primary interop assemblies need to be available. The 2007 Microsoft Office system installs these assemblies by default. However, this does not ensure their availability. Microsoft provides a downloadable redistributable package of the primary interop assemblies that does not require access to the Office installation media. This redistributable package is deployed as part of the overall deployment of your Visual Studio Tools for Office solution.

  • Optionally, language packs for the Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office system (version 3.0 runtime).

Before you allow the customization to execute, a solution must be trusted. This trust relationship is based on the signed application and deployment manifests. You can either sign the manifests with a certificate that identifies a known and trusted publisher. Reference: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms172240.aspx.

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Required Administrative Rights to Perform an Installation

Visual Studio Tools for the Office system 3.0 solutions install at a user level, but tasks like installing prerequisites or changing custom configurations require administrative rights.

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