# Thread: Make an exe to run alpha app

1. ## Re: Make an exe to run alpha app

I get it,
I was linking this with your previous advice on packaging an app for distribution.
Nice idea both for nosy IT personnel, and simpler desktop icon
Would it allow for different drive letters for server at each client/terminal/remote, do you think?

2. ## Re: Make an exe to run alpha app

Ray,

I have not tried that, but am sure it could be done. I suspect that the drive letter would need to be designated somewhere. Since I use shadowed almost exclusively and the path for the data is in the shadowed, I have never had reason to explore what you ask. I also don't like using drive letters and prefer a path like "\\servername\folder\adbname.adb\
That way, all is compatible.
A couple of my clients prefer drive letters due to their IT. I made sure they knew to create all drive letters the same. They all use the letter L:

3. ## Re: Make an exe to run alpha app

This is the current iteration I used for a new application about to go into sales.

Code:
Private Sub Form_Load()
Dim tpath
tpath = CurDir + "\alpha5.exe " + CurDir + "\pw\mypwds.adb " + "-ICON=mypwds2.ico" + " -NOMINMAX" + " -NOSYSMENU" + "-NOSPLASH" + " NODEBUG" + " -NODBCHECK" + " -NOSPLASH" + " -TITLE=MyPasswords by ALDA Consulting 352-302-2015"

c = Shell(tpath, 3)
End
End Sub
Astrum installer is set to allow the user to install to any path and drive, so it was needed to change a bit of this code. The imbedded icon works wherever a shortcut is set up on a desktop. User shortcut is standard xp3-win10 that they would do for any application and would go to the name of the complied exe. This one is compiled as mypwds.exe.

v12 runtime and the app are packaged together and in and installer exe file. If the user chooses m:\xyz it will be installed there, but if user places it on \\severname\g:\mystuff it will be installed there. The shortcut is built wherever the app is installed from of course.

As far as the runtime, I send a copy of mine. No big install to it. I do run the other stuff as needed like bat, dll, msi, etc by way of the installer. If the application requires it, I send registry settings.

4. ## Re: Make an exe to run alpha app

Notice: Since later versions of alpha no longer can create an install and the installs are more complex, I have terminated the free offer to create the installs and a startup exe. I have also retired(semi) and welcome the work for pay plan. I do create installs and exe as desired, but do charge a nominal amount for the work.
Thanks

5. ## Re: Make an exe to run alpha app

Hi Dave,
Excellent information!
Old posting though. Not much info on runtime.
I just want to be sure I understand correctly.
By doing the .exe as coded substituting the variable, it will no longer say Alpha Anywhere at the top of the window?
The splash screen will not say Alpha Anywhere?
I can't recall but I think the wise installer for runtime says Alpha Anywhere on it and top panel, etc.
I didn't try renaming the runtime exe, so maybe that hides it?

The other thing is a lot of the action scripting has a default Alpha Anywhere title bar at the top and I don't see how to avoid that part.

Thanks for all the data,
Paul

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