Mailbag: How to detect the presence of the Visual C++ 9.0 runtime redistributable package

Question: I saw a couple of previous blog posts that you wrote about how to detect the presence of the Visual C++ 2005 runtime files and the Visual C++ 2005 SP1 runtime files.  I am creating an installer that requires the Visual C++ 2008 runtime files.  How can I detect the presence of the Visual…

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Steps to install XNA Game Studio 2.0 and 3.0 without using the setup bootstrapper

Recently, we’ve heard from a few people via the Creators Club forums who have had trouble getting XNA Game Studio setup to run correctly.  In a few cases, such as in this forum post, the setup program (named bootstrapper.exe) will crash shortly after double-clicking on the setup package to launch it. If you run into…

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Links to standalone .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 core and language pack installer packages

The .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 was released last fall along with Visual Studio 2008 SP1.  The .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installs the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 and the .NET Framework 3.0 SP2 behind the scenes as prerequisites.  Initially, the only way to get the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 was to install the full .NET Framework…

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Windows Installer 5.0 support now available in WiX v3.0

Windows Installer 5.0 will be included in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  A beta version of the Windows 7 SDK was released last week to go along with the beta of Windows 7.  Bob Arnson recently announced on his blog that WiX v3.0 now includes support for new Windows Installer 5.0 features starting…

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Online WiX 3.0 help documentation now available on the WiX SourceForge site

As mentioned in the release notes for the WiX v3.0.4827.0 build, Bob Arnson has done some work to enable publishing of an online version of the WiX v3.0 documentation on the WiX SourceForge site.  You can access the online WiX v3.0 help documentation at the following location: http://wix.sourceforge.net/manual-wix3/main.htm This online WiX help documentation allows you…

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