Best Answer garyflet , 31 October 2016 - 21:41
Since prerequisites don't work for me (as far as I can tell), I went back to looking at Merge modules and found a way. On the redistributables page, the 14.0 CRT and MFC merge modules are listed, but clicking the corresponding check boxes doesn't get them into the install, at least for InstallShield 2011. I had to right click on the page and noticed the option, "Browse for merge module...". Since I know that the modules exist in C:\program files (x86)\Common Files\Merge Modules I was able to select them. Then the appropriate checkboxes on the page were automatically checked and the install automatically installed the 2015 redistributables, allowing our software to run. Actually, I like this better than using the redistributable package as a prerequisite: There is no extra dialog asking to install the prerequisites and no redistributable install package to run. It's all done silently and automatically. This is the answer to the original post. What a relief!
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