Deploying applications

In this guide I’ll be showing you a bit of what I know about deploying applications on Visual Studio 2008. But before we start, I just want to clear things out. is the programming language. And Visual Studio 2008 is the IDE or the Integrated Development Environment used for creating applications which relies on the .net framework to function.

First thing that you need to do is to navigate on the directory which is similar to this one:

C:UsersNrewDocumentsVisual Studio 2008ProjectsdeploydeploybinDebug

In this sample directory:

  • c: – is the partition where operating system is installed.
  • Nrew – is the username
  • deploy – name of the project

The others which I haven’t mention are defaults and is the same for every machine.

Now, you have to look for an executable file. Most probably the executable file has the type application. And is named after the name of your project. In this case my project name is deploy:


That’s the compiled version of your project. And it can be copied and launch anywhere as long as .net framework is installed on that machine. The .net framework is freely available for download in the Microsoft site.

Always remember that the version of .net framework that you will download Should be the same or higher with the .net framework version that you used when you first created your project:


Now, if your problem is that you don’t know what version of .net framework you used in creating your project. Then remember that the default is .net framework version 3.5. If you haven’t fiddled with that option when you have created your project. Then you can download .net framework 3.5 or higher. And install it on the machine where you are going to deploy your project. There’s no need to install it on your machine, with Visual Studio on it. Since the Visual Studio installer, automatically installs that for you.

If you haven’t found the executable file on the directory which I gave you earlier. Then maybe you should build your application first. To do that, just open up your project. Go to build. Then select build + name of your project.



Here’s how it looks like, when you execute the application from outside Visual Studio:


I got a full screen shot just to let you know that Visual Studio isn’t actually running on the background. That’s just an example, a simple application, which can be created by grade 1 students.

That’s it for this tutorial. I don’t really repeat what is already available on the internet. So here are some links for you to follow, in case this tutorial didn’t meet what you were looking for:

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