Using Installation Programs

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Simple applications that consist of only an executable file are easy to install on a target computer. Just copy the executable file onto the computer. However, more complex applications that comprise multiple files require more extensive installation procedures. These applications require dedicated installation programs.

Setup toolkits automate the process of creating installation programs, often without needing to write any code. Installation programs created with Setup toolkits perform various tasks inherent to installing Delphi applications, including: copying the executable and supporting files to the host computer, making Windows registry entries, and installing the Borland Database Engine for BDE database applications.

Setup toolkits are available. One installation program that is either free or very inexpensive is

If you are deploying BDE database applications, you should only use toolkits based on MSI technology and those that are certified to deploy the Borland Database Engine.