How to short a Media Center remote control if it stops working correctly

A couple of months ago, I posted a list of workarounds that have proven useful to resolve problems using the Media Center remote control and IR receiver after installing Update Rollup 2 for Media Center 2005. Since I posted that, I have received several comments from customers who were able to solve this issue with…

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Resolving Tuner Not Found errors in Update Rollup 2 for Media Center 2005

I have heard from some folks who have been encountering Tuner Not Found error messages when trying to view live TV in Media Center 2005 after installing Update Rollup 2.  Many of these errors have been caused by the .NET Framework versioning issue that I previously described in this blog post.  However, recently I have…

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How to repair a Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition without redownloading the source files

While trying to configure Visual C# 2005 Express on my laptop as I prepared for my trip home for the holidays, I discovered some interesting behavior in the setup package that I wanted to post about.  This story began after I installed the product and then attempted to repair it by going to the entry…

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Trick for setup developers – how to remove a setup package with a known uninstall bug

I was recently working on developing an MSI-based setup package as a learning exercise to teach myself some of the fundamental concepts of Windows Installer XML (WiX).  During this process, I created a test MSI package and tried to install it on my development machine.  Then, when I tried to uninstall it, I found that one…

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.NET Framework 2.0 source caching for repair mode

Several folks have installed the final release of the .NET Framework 2.0 and then contacted me asking about a set of files that gets installed to the folder %windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 that they did not see installed with the .NET Framework 1.0 or 1.1.  I wanted to take this chance to explain some of…

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Administrative tools shortcut has moved to the SDK in .NET Framework 2.0

Some of you have noticed in the beta program or when installing the final release of the .NET Framework 2.0 that there are no longer any configurations or wizards shortcuts installed into the Administrative Tools program group in .NET 2.0 like there were in 1.0 and 1.1.  The .NET Framework team decided sometime during the…

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Visual Studio 2005 setup hangs while loading installation components

I heard from a customer last week who was trying to install the final release of Visual Studio 2005 but could not even launch the setup program.  They ran setup.exe at the root of the installation DVD, and a small dialog appeared stating that setup was copying files to the %temp% directory, and then it…

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WinFX December CTP is available for download

I was getting my laptop ready to take with me for the holidays (because my parents have a 56K modem that is not ideal for working on projects in an online setting), and one of the things I decided to install is the latest WinFX runtime and SDK so I can take a look at…

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How to resolve errors running Visual Studio on Windows Media Center

I have heard from a few folks who have run into issues trying to install and run Visual Studio on the Windows Media Center 2005 OS.  One of the most common errors reported in this scenario is the following: The application for project ‘<project_name>.csproj’ is not installed. Make sure the application for the project type…

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.NET Framework 2.0 Japanese language pack is now available

The .NET Framework 2.0 Japanese language pack is now available for download.  This page has more information about the language pack (the text is in Japanese) and you can download the language pack setup package from this location. I would also like to provide some helpful information about the setup package for the .NET Framework…

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