Program Deployment - VB.NET - How's it done now?

Hey, I'm trying to teach myself VB.NET (I learned VB 6 back in the 90's) and I've run into many issues regarding deployment of even some of the simplest programs I've written so far. Once I've compiled to an .exe I can take the easy but unprofessional route of just distributing the executable file...but that leads to some of my issues/questions:

-How do I find out what files I need to package with my executable

-What happened to the "Package & Deployment Wizard"?

I read somewhere that there is no longer a deployment option with .NET so that is not really an issue since I can use Install Shield or NSIS. Really the most important question is how do I discover the dependencies for my programs so I know what files to include with the installer?

I'm new (again) to this site since it's been years since my first signup. So since I've been unable to find answers to these questions so far, if anyone would be kind enough to point me to an appropriate post or even try to answer my questions, your help would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance.
Don't be afraid to correct me if I'm wrong...nobody knows it all!! :-)


  • Really? Nobody knows how to do this or at least where a good beginner tutorial can be found? What happened to all the "eager-to-help" experts who were on this site years ago?
    Don't be afraid to correct me if I'm wrong...nobody knows it all!! :-)
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