More download manager under the covers

I’ve received the following question enought that I decided it would make a good blog post. Q. Why does the installation process say that it needs to download XX MB when I’ve either got the packages locally or if I am using the full redist package? A. This is really a formality of how we…


.NET Framework 3.0 or 3.5 installation will fail if the Print Spooler is not running on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003

One of the .NET Framework 3.0 or 3.5 prerequisite packages requires that the Print Spooler service is running in the “Started” State. If the Print Spooler Service is not running, the .NET Framework 3.0 or 3.5 installation will fail. To resolve this issue   Start the Print Spooler service before you install the .NET Framework….


Creating .NET Framework 3.0 SP1 redist

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.NET framework 3.0 SP1 & 3.5 download managers

.NET Framework 3.0 SP1 & 3.5 released with a small webdownload, which then manages the installation of .NET Framework across all supported OS and architectures. This Blog will explain what they are and how to use them in your role as an end-user, Administrator and ISV. For End Users, we expect that you will get the .NET…


What to do when you go to post a setup and deployment issue on the MSDN forums?

Step 1. It would be super helpful if you could provide the following information at the beginning of your post: Version of .NET Framework you are trying to install. Where did you get it (web page, path, application that redistributed the framework) Is this a pre-release, CTP or beta version? Which? (Beta#, CTP (Month Year), RC,…


Uninstalling the Visual Studio 2008 RTM or RC

If you’re having issues installing Visual Studio 2008 RTM and had installed Visual Studio 2008 RC or if you want to remove it.  You might want to consider using the following tool, which cleanly removes Visual Studio 2008 RC or RTM. NOTE: this tool does not remove .NET Framework 3.5.  You should use the…


Shaping the next generation deployment experience

We are thinking about the next version of Visual Studio’s deployment experience. I need your help to make the next version of Visual Studio’s installation and deployment as valuable as possible. Please send me your feedback. For example, I am looking for feedback in the following areas: Do people like a lot of install options or…


.NET Framework 3.5 Installation validation tool

If you want to detect if your .NET Framework 3.5 installation was successful, you can use this tool to verify that the right versions are installed. Instructions: 1. Download the following file to your computer: 2. Open a command prompt by doing start -> run and type cmd. 3. enter the full path to…


.NET Framework 3.5 RTM Detection Logic.

When you install .NET Framework 3.5, it installs .NET Framework 3.0 SP1 & .NET Framework 2.0 SP1, or equivelent cumulative update on Vista.   For 3.5 RTM we look for the following: Registry Key Name Value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ NET Framework Setup\NDP\v3.5 Name: Install Type: DWORD Data: 1 For 3.0 RTM see the following:   For…