Media Center crashes when launched after installing KB908250 and KB910393 from Windows Update

I mentioned yesterday that there is a new Windows Media Player hotfix (KB910393) available that will help reduce instances of digital rights management problems in Update Rollup 2 for Media Center 2005. We have found a problem with the way the setup package for this hotfix interacts with Update Rollup KB908250 for Update Rollup 2…

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WinFX November CTP is available for download

I know I’m a little late in providing a link to this, but I still wanted to mention here that there is a new community tech preview (CTP) version of WinFX available for download.  This November 2005 CTP is built against the final released version of the .NET Framework 2.0, so it will be compatible…

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How to resolve "Windows – no disk" errors when launching Media Center 2005 on an HP machine

I have heard from a few folks (mostly via comments on this blog post) regarding an issue with HP Media Center 2005 machines.  On some HP machines, customers are seeing an error message pop up when launching Media Center.  This error message has the following information: Title:  Windows – No Disk Text:  There is no disk in…

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Adding assemblies to the Add References dialog in Visual Studio 2005

I heard from a customer and a Microsoft employee asking how to register new assemblies so that they will be listed in the Add References dialog in Visual Studio 2005.  I have always done this in the past by using the Browse button and finding a copy of the assembly on my local drive, so…

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SonicWALL firewall may interfere with Media Center guide downloads

A couple of folks have reported issues to me via my blog about errors downloading television guide data in Media Center 2005 when they install a SonicWALL firewall device on their network.  Our guide download team has debugged this issue on a Media Center system that a Microsoft employee reported this problem on and found…

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Uninstalling beta VS 2005 Express Editions will hang if they were not registered

As Quan briefly mentioned in this blog post, there is an issue with uninstalling the beta versions of the VS 2005 Express Editions if you did not register your copy of the beta Express Edition prior to trying to uninstall it.  If you are uninstalling an Express Edition using the Add/Remove Programs entry, you will…

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How to resolve errors opening currentsettings.vssettings in the final release of VS 2005

I have heard from a few customers who have run into some strange behavior in the Visual Studio IDE after uninstalling previous beta versions and installing the final release of Visual Studio 2005.  They have reported seeing issues including (but not necessarily limited to) the following: Visual Studio shows an error message stating that it…

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More details about J# redistributable package installation in VS 2005 setup

Now that Visual Studio 2005 has shipped, I’ve gotten a couple of questions from customers wondering why they are able to uncheck the J# language tools item in the Visual Studio setup tree and yet setup still installs the J# redistributable package 2.0.  I partially addressed this issue in a previous blog post back when…

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Cannot pre-install .NET Framework 2.0 during the T13 stage of OS setup using svcpack.inf

I have heard from 2 customers this past week who were trying to pre-install the .NET Framework as part of the T13 phase of OS setup (in their cases, Windows XP).  They were including the .NET Framework 2.0 setup command line in svcpack.inf and then copying svcpack.inf into the i386 directory of their OS install…

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