Updated version of Media Center Diagnostics Kit available for download

To coincide with the release of Update Rollup 2 for Media Center 2005, we have also released an updated version of the Media Center Diagnostics Kit that can be downloaded from this location. I posted a blog entry about the previous version of test kit and received several comments from customers (such as this) indicating that…

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Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 troubleshooting guide

This article serves as a central location for all links to troubleshooting documentation that has been published for Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.  As new documentation is created, I will continue to add to this article. Setup-related errors Component Registration Failure or error code 3 messages appear after upgrading to…

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How to narrow down content protection problems in Update Rollup 2 for Media Center 2005

As I mentioned in this previous post, some folks have encountered problems playing protected content after upgrading to Update Rollup 2 for Media Center 2005.  We are still investigating root causes and trying to determine fixes for various types of protected content errors, and you can help us with this process. If you think you…

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How to uninstall an application when it does not appear in Add/Remove Programs

One of the questions I commonly receive from customers is how to uninstall a product when there is no entry created for that product in the Add/Remove Programs control panel.  I get asked this question about a lot of different MSI-based setups and OS hotfixes, particularly from people who are trying to follow the uninstall…

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Windows Installer custom action tutorial

Steven Bone posted the first of a series of articles about how Windows Installer custom actions work and how to create and debug them.  You can click on the link to read Part 1 – Custom Action Types and Sequences. This article describes how to configure the columns of the custom action table in an…

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How to resolve 1308 or 1309 errors while installing Visual Studio

I was contacted by a customer this week who was trying to install Visual Studio .NET 2003 and was receiving 1308 or 1309 error messages during setup, which caused setup to rollback and fail.  The errors appeared in the verbose MSI log file similar to the following (note that for Visual Studio 2002, 2003 and…

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Uninstalling previous betas to prepare for VS 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 RTM

Now that the .NET Framework 2.0 and VS 2005 are officially released, those of you who have been running beta and CTP builds will need to prepare your machines to install the final release.  As I’m sure many of you are aware of if you’ve had a beta installed in the past, beta uninstall and…

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Final official version of .NET Framework 2.0 is available for download!

Hey, I’m happy to say that the .NET Framework 2.0 is finally finished, and the official RTM build (2.0.50727.42) is available for download on the Microsoft Download Center.  Check out this location for a full list of .NET Framework 2.0 products that are available.  Here are some of the most commonly requested downloads: .NET Framework…

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