How to deploy Crystal Report
The following section describes how to deploy a Crystal Reports components and assemblies on the target machine.
If you are new to Crystal Reports and do not know how to create Crystal Reports from C# , please take a look at the section step by step tutorial for creating a Crystal Reports from C#.
Crystal Reports for Visual Studio includes deployment projects that facilitate the deployment of Crystal Reports components and assemblies on the target machine. To ensure smooth execution of your C# applications, various approaches can be employed to install the Crystal Reports runtime files on the target machine.
If you are utilizing Visual Studio, you can incorporate the CRRedist2005_x86.msi file into your setup file during the setup and deployment process. This allows you to distribute your C# application as a single setup file. Upon execution, the installer automatically handles the installation of the setup file within your .NET project, simplifying the process for users. The CRRedist2005_x86.msi file can typically be found in the following directory on your system: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0\BootStrapper\Packages\CrystalReports. Alternatively, you can distribute the CRRedist2005_x86.msi file separately and install it on the target machine where your C# applications are installed.
Another approach to install Crystal Reports on the target machine involves creating a setup file using Merge Modules. This setup file can be distributed either together with your C# application or as a separate setup file, depending on your specific deployment requirements. Click the following link to see how to make a setup file with Merge Modules.