Click-once was not designed for registering com-components. These things are part of the work Windows Installer is meant for.
To use ActiveX in click-once applications too, remember these words: “Reg-Free COM“.
Here’s a short summary of what to do in a .NET project:
- register the ActiveX Control on the developer’s machine.
- add the control to a form
- visual studio will add a reference to it.
in solution explorer navigate there, and set it’s properties to “isolated” and “copy local”.
- compile the project. VS will create a manifest to allow the usage of the activeX without registering it.
- copy the activeX control to your output folder
- Test it by compiling your app, unregister the control, and start your app.
Lucky you, it will operate as desired.
Requirements: Windows XP and above, Visual Studio 2005 and above.
Note: Not every component is meant for Reg-Free COM, but in most cases it works.
And: it must be registered on the computer, the app is compiled on.
Get more information here (msdn magazin).