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VS Error “The folder path ‘.’ contains an invalid character” in the setup projects

When a setup file is created in Visual Studio 2010 and when we run the installation , it might result in the following error mesage: “The folder path ‘.’ contains an invalid character” . Similar to the screenshot shown below.

To Solve the error , follow the following steps.

1. Go to the Solution Explorer in the Visual Studio 2010 .

2. Select your setup project , go to the properties or press F4 and in the “Manufacturer” property change the “.” with some text such as “Senthil Kumar B”.

3. Right click on your setup project and select rebuild.

Now the new setup file will not show the error when the installation is started .