Customizing the Windows Media Center Start menu in Windows Vista

This article will serve as a central repository for topics that I have written about Windows Media Center Start menu customization in Windows Vista.  The techniques described here for customizing the Windows Media Center Start menu are specific to the version of Windows Media Center in Windows Vista.  They will not work for previous versions…

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.NET Framework 3.0 setup log files

The installer for the .NET Framework 3.0 (formerly named the WinFX runtime components) chains several different MSIs and Windows hotfixes behind the scenes.  If this setup fails, there are numerous possible causes due to the number of packages being chained behind the scenes. The following is a complete list of log files that can be…

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Mailbag: How to install Microsoft Report Viewer 2005 in silent mode

Question: I have seen some of your other posts regarding how to install various parts of Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 in silent mode.  I would also like to install the Microsoft Report Viewer 2005 redistributable package in silent mode.  How can I accomplish that? Answer: The Microsoft Report Viewer 2005 redistributable…

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New episode of the Media Center Show – MCML Development Part 2

Ian Dixon has posted a new episode of the Media Center Show today.  This episode is part 2 of an interview I did with him a few weeks ago about Media Center Markup Language (MCML) development.  Part 1, which was posted last week, served as an introduction to MCML and some of the resources that…

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How to add x64 build configurations to a Visual Studio 2005 solution

Last week, a customer asked me a question about the FileWriter MSAS sample application that ships in the Windows Media Center SDK for Windows Vista.  This customer was running an x64 build of Windows Vista and could not get FileWriter to correctly create a log file when they built and ran it.  After some investigation,…

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New hotfix available for Update Rollup 2 for Media Center 2005 – October 2006 rollup

Today is the day for the monthly release of new Windows hotfix packages and updates, and there is a new Windows Media Center hotfix that has been released today that I want to draw your attention to: October 2006 Update Rollup for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (KB925766) This package includes all previous hotfixes issued…

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Mailbag: How to set the NoImpersonate flag for a custom action in Visual Studio 2005

Question: I have built an installer using the Visual Studio 2005 setup project wizard.  It installs correctly on Windows XP but fails on Windows Vista.  I investigated and found that the failure on Windows Vista is caused by a custom action that fails with an access denied error.  However, I am running the setup with…

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File-based algorithm for detecting Windows Media Center version

A while ago, I posted an item describing how to use a registry value to detect what version of Windows Media Center (if any) is installed on a system.  Since then, we have found a couple of scenarios where this registry value can be overwritten and left in an inconsistent state so that it is…

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2 more new Media Center applications for Windows Vista – Big Screen Headlines and Big Screen Contacts

Niall Ginsbourg is at it again.  The developer from Mobilewares, who previously created Big Screen Photos, Big Screen Business and Big Screen Weather, has released beta versions of 2 new Windows Media Center applications for Windows Vista written using Media Center Markup Language (MCML). Big Screen Headlines  The first new Windows Media Center application, Big…

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New MSDN forum launched for .NET Framework setup and deployment issues

A new MSDN forum was opened yesterday to specifically discuss issues related to .NET Framework installation problems and questions related to deploying the .NET Framework as part of other setup packages.  If you have problems or questions related to installing or deploying any version of the .NET Framework (from 1.0 to 3.0 and eventually beyond…

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