Link to information about a .NET Framework 3.5 setup verification tool

One of my colleages, Aaron Ruckman, has created and posted a tool that can be used to verify the installation state of the .NET Framework 3.5 and let you know more details about any potential problems that it finds on your system.  Here are links with more information: Blog post introducing the tool – http://blogs.msdn.com/aaronru/archive/2007/11/29/net-framework-3-5-installation-validation-tool.aspx…

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Updated sample code that can detect the .NET Framework 3.5

Now that the .NET Framework 3.5 has been released, I have posted an updated version of the .NET Framework detection sample code that I previously published.  The updated version includes logic to detect the presence of the .NET Framework 3.5 and also .NET Framework 3.0 service packs, which was missing from previous versions of this…

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New CTP of Visual Studio Team System Code Name Rosario now available with built-in WiX support

Jeff Beehler posted an item on his blog today announcing the availability of the Visual Studio Team System Code Name “Rosario” November CTP for download.  The introductory page for this CTP can be found at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?LinkID=96097.  This introductory page contains a bullet point with the following information: Integrated support to build setup packages using Windows…

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Voting now open for the Media Center Show Awards 2007

Ian Dixon posted an item on his blog indicating that the voting for the Media Center Show Awards 2007 is now open.  This year, the Media Center Show Awards has the following categories: Best open source Media Center project Best free (or free beta) Media Center application Best commercial Media Center application Media Center design…

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Visual Studio setup /createtransform mode fails when the source files are marked read-only

Recently, a customer reported an issue to me with Visual Studio 2005 setup, and I have verified that this issue exists in both Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008 setup.  I want to describe the details about this issue and how to work around it in case anyone else runs into it while trying…

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Visual Studio 2008 SDK and Visual Studio 2008 shell now available for download

Earlier this week, the final versions of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 were released.  I just noticed that the Visual Studio 2008 SDK and the Visual Studio 2008 shell have also been released. The VS 2008 SDK includes documentation, samples and tools that can be used to create extensions for Visual Studio…

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Visual Studio and .NET Framework setup log collection tool

I previously wrote about a log collection tool that will automatically gather and cab up Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 log files to make it easier to troubleshoot installation issues.  The folks who created this tool have posted an updated version at http://go.microsoft.com/?LinkId=8967043. In addition to gathering and cabbing the log files listed…

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XNA Game Studio 2.0 beta now available for download

As noted in this post on the XNA team blog, the XNA Game Studio 2.0 beta is now available for download.  You can get started by checking out the overview information at http://creators.xna.com/beta/betahome.aspx.  This page includes links to information about how to get started installing and using the beta and how to install and use…

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Windows Vista Media Center SDK version 5.3 now available for download

A refreshed version of the Windows Vista Media Center SDK (version 5.3) has been released for download this afternoon.  The download location is the same as the previous versions of the Windows Vista Media Center SDK – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=A43EA0B7-B85F-4612-AA08-3BF128C5873E.  If you have any previous version of the Windows Vista Media Center SDK installed, you can run…

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