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    create downloadable exe. file

    Hello,
    I would like to offer a real estate home evaluation program to my web site visitors. I have posted it on my web, however, when I create a link to the file, all that shows is the index and sub files. Can anyone tell me how to create a downloadable link?
    Thanks

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    <a href="yourexe.exe">exe</a> should work.

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    Create downloadable exe. file

    Re: Create downloadable exe. file
    Thanks for your advice. I tried to insert that code through FrontPage but it didn’t work. I am a novice when it comes to writing script. I am probably doing it wrong. I inserted it into this line
    <a href="hg/"Home
    Evaluation<br>
    Software.</a></font></td>
    After I inserted your line, it looked like this

    <a href="hg/SETUP.EXE">Home
    Evaluation<br>
    Software</a></font></td>

    It seems to be downloading the setup.exe file only. When I click on the setup icon I get this message “Setup is unable to find _SETUP.DLL, which is needed to complete the installation.
    Error 103

    The other files are:
    Index of /hg
    Name Last modified Size Description


    Parent Directory 08-Jan-2004 19:23 -
    AUTORUN.INF 08-Jan-2004 15:43 1k
    DISK1.ID 08-Jan-2004 15:43 1k
    SETUP.EXE 08-Jan-2004 15:43 44k
    SETUP.INI 08-Jan-2004 15:43 1k
    SETUP.INS 08-Jan-2004 15:43 69k
    SETUP.ISS 08-Jan-2004 15:43 1k
    SETUP.PKG 08-Jan-2004 15:43 2k
    _INST32I.EX_ 08-Jan-2004 15:44 313k
    _ISDEL.EXE 08-Jan-2004 15:44 8k
    _SETUP.1 08-Jan-2004 15:51 18.5M
    _SETUP.DLL 08-Jan-2004 15:51 6k
    _SETUP.LIB 08-Jan-2004 15:51 198k

    I would really appreciate any help,

    Thanks
    My web is http://www.HomeGuide.ca

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    What did you use to make the .exe, you need to find a better installer if you are getting errors like this. This has nothing to do with your html or frontpage. I actually reccomend that you do not use frontpage, it is a terrible editor, wysiwyg will create bad pages, so do the html by hand. I reccomend first page or dreamweaver if you can get a copy.

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    Try putting all of the program files into a zip file and having the user download that.
    isn't this profound...
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    What program did you use to compile your setup? I recommend the free Inno Setup http://www.jrsoftware.org/isinfo.php

    Then zip your setup.exe file, upload the zip file to your web host account and use this HTML for users to download your program from your web page:

    <a href="real estate.zip">Download real estate assessment program"></a>

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    Thanks to all,
    I will try your sugestions.
    You guys are great!
    Bernie

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    Hello again,
    I have taken your advice and zipped all files and it works. That is to say, a visitor can download from my web. However, after downloading, they must unzip the files and click on “setup.exe” in order to install the program. Can anyone tell me what I have to do so that it will just place the “setup.exe” icon on their desktop?

    This is the background with respect to my Real Estate Evaluation program. Perhaps it is relevant, perhaps not. Anyway…It was built as a giveaway CD. The program was built with Visual Basic. The setup/packing was done with Install Shield. The programmer that built my program has since moved to Hong Kong and not available to help me.
    Questions:
    1. Is what I am trying to do, possible?
    2. Do I have to have the source code to make changes to the program?
    3. Is there any software to solve this problem?
    Any help would be appreciated,
    Bernie

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    You could create the zip as a self-extracting zip and instruct them to Open instead of Saving.

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