Dream.Build.Play 2012 competition will be open to both Xbox 360 and Windows Phone games

The 2012 Dream.Build.Play competition was introduced yesterday in a post on the XNA Game Studio team blog.  The 2012 competition will be open to both Xbox 360 and Windows Phone games.  Here are a couple of links with additional information: The official Dream.Build.Play site at http://www.dreambuildplay.com/Main/Default.aspx – you can register for email notifications so you’ll…


Link to more information about the Program Install and Uninstall Troubleshooting Tool

There is a new general-purpose installation troubleshooting tool called the Program Install and Uninstall Troubleshooting Tool that has been available on the Microsoft support site for a little while, and I want to post some information about this tool to help make it easier for people to find it. This tool is conceptually similar to…


Possible error when building a Silverlight application on a computer that does not have XNA Game Studio 4.0 installed

If you use the Windows Phone SDK 7.1, it is possible to get an error like the following when building a Silverlight project: The target "GetCopyToOutputDirectoryContentProjectItems" does not exist in the project. How to resolve this issue In the cases that I’ve seen this error in the past, it was caused by XNA Game Studio…


Link to information about the WiX v3.6 beta

Rob Mensching posted an item on his blog announcing the release of the WiX v3.6 beta.  The key feature in WiX v3.6 is the Burn bootstrapper/chainer.  To summarize Rob’s post, Burn includes the following features: Modern setup UI, including using managed code for setup UI even if the .NET Framework isn’t installed Child setup package…

Mailbag: Do I need still need older versions of the .NET Framework on my system after installing the .NET Framework 4?

Note: This is an updated version of a previous mailbag entry that I posted before the .NET Framework 4 shipped. Question: I recently installed the .NET Framework 4 on my system. Afterwards, I looked in Add/Remove Programs, and it shows that I have all of the following versions of the .NET Framework installed on my…


Final version of Windows Phone SDK 7.1 now available for download

As announced on the Windows Phone Developer Blog and on the App Hub web site, the final version of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 (formerly named the Windows Phone Developer Tools, and which includes the XNA Game Studio 4.0 Refresh as well) was released for download today. Getting Started links Here are links to help…


Windows 8 and Visual Studio 11 developer preview available for download

As announced on the Building Windows 8 blog and on Jason Zander’s blog among other places, a developer preview of Windows 8 is available for download.  One of the download options for the Windows 8 Developer Preview includes a pre-installed version of the developer tools, including Visual Studio 11 and .NET Framework 4.5 developer preview….