Official final version of Windows XP Embedded SP2 is available now!

Hey all, I’m happy to report that the official released version of the Windows XP Embedded SP2 update is now available for download!!  You can go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=38214 to be redirected to the official download page now! Windows XP Embedded SP2 has lots of bug fixes and quite a few new and improved features: All…

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Chaining unattended installation of Visual Studio .NET 2003, its prerequisites and MSDN

Hey all, I have been meaning to take some time to write down some comments and strategies about unattended installation of the various pieces of Visual Studio .NET.  For this article I’m going to focus on a specific request that I’ve seen very often – how to chain the unattended installation of the Visual Studio…

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Interesting use of EWF…

Hey all, here is an interesting article from someone trying to use enhanced write filter (EWF) on top of the desktop version of XP Pro.  I can’t advocate doing this because I’m pretty sure there are licensing restrictions preventing it plus there are no official tools or processes to enable it in a supported way,…

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Cool reference for boot.ini switches

Hey all, I found a really useful reference on the Sysinternals website today that describes all of the available boot.ini switches that can be used.  I had no idea there were so many.  The interesting ones that I use most often in my day-to-day work are the /debug switch to enable kernel debugging, the /maxmem…

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More detailed troubleshooting ideas for .NET Framework 1.0 SP3 and 1.1 SP1 failures

I have posted a couple of previous items about .NET Framework 1.0 SP3 and 1.1 SP1 installation issues (at http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2004/09/20/232236.aspx and http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2004/09/21/232653.aspx).  There is a KB article in the works with more information but it appears to not be posted for viewing yet, so I wanted to include the info that it contains here in the…

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Answering follow-up questions about .NET Framework and language pack setups

Hey all,   I posted an article yesterday about .NET Framework setup packaging, and I got some really good follow-up questions that I want to address.  Instead of just posting answers in the comments section of my other article I decided to create a new post to give these issues a little more visibility.  So, here they…

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.NET Framework setup and language packs

The .NET Framework setup and packaging changed somewhat between v1.0 and v1.1 and there are further changes coming for v2.0 with respect to packaging of core bits and satellite language resources.  I wanted to take a minute and provide an outline of the changes that have gone on as well as some of the reasoning…

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New doc available for using DUA and EWF together

Hey all, a document I wrote with some tips and tricks for using DUA to update devices that are protected by EWF was published on the MSDN site last night.  You can go to http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnembedded/html/embedded11082004.asp to take a look.  Hopefully this will help in some of your scenarios as you try to patch devices in the…

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Troubleshooting 1935 and 2908 errors during installation

Hey all, first off I want to apologize for not posting anything in a couple of weeks.  I have had a couple of mini-vacations and been wrapped up with some other stuff, but I’m back now!  I’ve been working with some Product Support folks I know to turn some documents I wrote for internal troubleshooting…

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Redistributable version of Windows Installer 3.0 is available for download

Hey, I was browsing around and found that Microsoft released the redistributable version of Windows Installer 3.0 a couple of days ago.  Check out http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=884016 for info about new features and some of the key bug fixes.  Most of the new features are related to patching (patch sequencing, patch uninstall, better patch install performance and management). …

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