I don't know if anyone knows this but what do I need to include along with my exe and graphics/sounds to have my friends run my game on their computer. I know they will need directx sdk but is there any dlls i could pack with it so they don't have to download a 500 mb file?
SxS came after my time, but you're supposed to be able to use sxstrace.exe in this case.
While I don't know how SxS works exactly, it seems like a concept that requires new libraries to register themselves at a central location in the system - as such, simply putting some additional DLLs in your application's folder probably won't be sufficient.
But perhaps someone more familiar with Windows development can answer your question.