Vote for the Media Center Show Awards 2006

Ian Dixon has posted the voting page for the Media Center Show Awards 2006. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to visit the voting page at http://iandixon.co.uk/nuke/TheMediaCenterShowAwards/tabid/81/Default.aspx and vote on entries in the following categories: Best Media Center utility Best Online Spotlight applications Best communication tool Best community resource Best hardware manufacturer Best enthusiast blog…

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Return codes for .NET Framework 3.0 setup

A while back, I posted a list of possible return codes for the .NET Framework 2.0.  I recently found out that the setup wrapper for the .NET Framework 3.0 can return a couple of other error codes in certain scenarios, so I wanted to list those here as well for completeness: 0x0013EC (5100) – Generic…

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Windows Vista OS image creation and deployment guide

I was looking at some of the Windows Vista information on the main Microsoft site this weekend, and I found an interesting document describing the process for creating and deploying OS images that I wanted to post here.  Windows Vista OS setup is built on an entirely new set of technologies than previous versions of…

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Design considerations for Windows Media Center applications on 64-bit operating systems

A little while ago, I wrote this blog post describing some changes that were made to the Q podcast and video blog client sample application that is included in the Windows Media Center SDK for Windows Vista.  Those changes were made to better support running the Q application on Windows Media Center extender devices. While…

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Disabling services with MSConfig to work around setup failures

I was talking recently with a colleague who works on the .NET Framework setup and Windows Installer technical support team here at Microsoft.  He told me about a set of steps that his team typically has customers try when they call in to report failed installations.  I wanted to post these steps here in case they…

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Updated warning – .NET Framework 3.0 cleanup tool removes MSDN and SQL Express

Yesterday, I posted a warning that the .NET Framework 3.0 pre-release version uninstall tool will remove the final release of SQL Server 2005 Express Edition.  A customer posted a comment on that blog post indicating that they ran the uninstall tool and it also removed the final release of MSDN for Visual Studio 2005. I…

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Media Center Show Extra #4 – the Z sample application

Ian Dixon wrote a blog post over the weekend on the Media Center Show site about the new Z sample application that is included in the Windows Media Center SDK for Windows Vista.  In addition, he posted Media Center Show Extra #4 today where he demonstrates the features of the Z application. I encourage you to…

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Warning – .NET Framework 3.0 cleanup tool removes final release of SQL Express

When preparing to install the final version of the .NET Framework 3.0 on a system, it is necessary to uninstall any previous beta versions that are installed.  In order to make the beta uninstall process as painful as possible, we released a .NET Framework 3.0 pre-release version uninstall tool. The information on the uninstall tool download…

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New Windows Media Center applications for Windows Vista from OABsoftware

OABsoftware has released 3 new Windows Media Center applications for Windows Vista.  All 3 are written in Media Center Markup Language (MCML), which is one of the new technologies introduced in the Windows Media Center SDK for Windows Vista. Here is more information about the applications: Vista Media Center Mail Introduction – http://vistamcmail.oabsoftware.nl/ Download page – http://vistamcmail.oabsoftware.nl/index.php?MainURL=body-download.htm…

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How the Q sample application was redesigned to support Media Center Extenders

The Windows Media Center SDK for Windows Vista was released yesterday.  One of the changes that was made since the RC2 release that I didn’t mention in my previous blog post is a rewrite of large portions of the Q podcast and video blog sample application.  I wanted to briefly explain one of the key…

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