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Trying to find paths for .exe and an Access db for use on install

Trying to find paths for .exe and an Access db for use on install

Trying to find paths for .exe and an Access db for use on install

Hello All,

I am in VS 2013 Express writing in Visual Basic. I am trying to write to allow for Installation by the user of my project package to any directory they so choose.

I am a novice programmer. When the project is opened by the user it needs to find the .exe file absolute path to start the project.
How do I get that path and then where do I use it? Do I create a short cut in the install package? Or will Windows provide a start in the listed programs? Or both?

I have used:
Dim MyFilename As String = "Access_testSQL.exe"
Dim getInfo As System.IO.FileInfo
Dim MyPath As System.IO.Path
getInfo = My.Computer.FileSystem.GetFileInfo("Access_testSQL.exe")

They both retutn a path but the wrong one. Is it because I am in VS testing? How do I test this?

I also need to find the path for an access db in the package but I am having the same trouble.

Thank You in Advance,

RE: Trying to find paths for .exe and an Access db for use on install

Place the DB in the same directory as the EXE, or in a directory under the EXE's directory, then use Application.StartupPath(). If the DB is in the same directory as the EXE, just use Application.StartupPath() for both. If the DB is in a sub-directory under the EXE's directory, use Application.StartupPath() and append the sub-directory (for example, Application.StartupPath() & "\Resource\DB\Database1.accdb").

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RE: Trying to find paths for .exe and an Access db for use on install

Hi jebenson,

Where do I use or put Application.StartupPath() & "My.exe"?

I can see that I use Application.StartupPath() & "\AppData\Database1.accdb" when I want to point to the db, such as:

"Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=Application.StartupPath() & "\AppData\Database1.accdb"

But I do not get where I insert that direction to the .exe

I guess when I compile the .exe that direction to the .exe is included but I don't know where it goes in my project.

Thank You,

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