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

Please follow the official guidelines at


.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…