What are the must haves to select in compiler and linker options for distribution of a console fortran exe.
First and foremost - a Release configuration, not Debug.
Other than that, as discussed in your other thread, you might choose to try to link to the static libraries. In general it would be preferable to keep using the DLL libraries but that means you have to install our redistributables along with your application. (You might also need the Microsoft Visual C++ redistributables.) I'll note that DLL linking is pretty much standard nowadays and reduces disk and memory load on the user's system. Also some language features are supported only in DLL libraries.
We recently converted from releasing MT-DLL builds to MT-static and have seen a smaller directory of static exe's than we had with dynamic exe's and DLL's. Also, we see the application starts up more quickly. We certainly don't understand the difference. It's been suggested virus scanning slows down the DLL's. We have 20 ifort exe's and 9 ifort dll's.