How to work around a possible XNA Game Studio setup failure on Windows 10 technical preview

A while back, I wrote about an application compatibility issue that can cause the Windows Phone SDK and XNA Game Studio to fail to install on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.  Recently, I heard from a colleague who ran into a similar-sounding issue when trying to install XNA Game Studio on the Windows 10 technical…


Bing Developer Assistant now available on Visual Studio Gallery

A colleague told me about a recently released plug-in for Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013 called the Bing Developer Assistant, and I wanted to post download links here to help people find it.  This plug-in provides 3 key features: Uses Bing Code Search to provide code snippets in the Visual Studio IntelliSense window….


.NET Framework setup verification tool, cleanup tool and detection sample code now support .NET Framework 4.5.2

I have posted updated versions of the .NET Framework setup verification tool, the .NET Framework cleanup tool, and the sample code to detect .NET Framework install states that support detecting, verifying, and cleaning up the .NET Framework 4.5.2. You can find more information about how to download and use these tools at the following locations:…


System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 now does more in-depth repair of .NET Framework 2.0

Updated versions of the System Update Readiness Tool were released last week. The new versions of this tool for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 contain improved functionality for repairing issues related to the version of the .NET Framework 2.0 that ships as a part of those versions of Windows. If you are running…


.NET Framework Repair Tool now supports diagnosing and repairing .NET Framework 4.5 and 4.5.1 setup issues

The .NET Framework setup team has released an updated version of the .NET Framework Repair Tool that adds support for diagnosing and repairing issues with .NET Framework 4.5 and 4.5.1.  This repair tool can identify and fix issues with the installation of MSI-based versions of the .NET Framework, but it cannot fix issues related to…


Blog post about silent repair and uninstall has been updated to include information about the .NET Framework 4.5 and 4.5.1

I was recently asked a question about how to silently repair and uninstall the .NET Framework 4.5 and .NET Framework 4.5.1.  I couldn’t find these command lines documented anywhere else, so I updated my blog post that contains silent repair and uninstall command line switches for all versions of the .NET Framework to include information…


Link to MSDN article with information about which .NET Framework versions are in which versions of Windows and Visual Studio

I have been maintaining a blog post for a while that lists which version(s) of the .NET Framework are included with each version of Windows.  Recently, I found an MSDN article titled .NET Framework Versions and Dependencies that includes this information in addition to some other useful .NET Framework versioning information.  This article includes details…


Links to deployment guides for all versions of the .NET Framework

Recently, I was looking for links to some of the deployment guides for previous versions of the .NET Framework. After digging through search engine results and my blog archives to find them, I decided it would be easier to create one blog post with links to the deployment guides for all versions of the .NET…


Link to information about .NET Framework 2.0 installation error caused by Visual C++ runtime files

Recently, I was trying to help someone investigate a .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installation issue.  Behind the scenes, the .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 was failing to install, and I found the following information in the setup log file: 01/01/14 11:22:33 DDSet_Status: Executing Command to stop ngen service: c:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\ngen.exe queue scmstop 01/01/14 11:22:33 DDSet_Status: LANGID: 1033…


Link to more information about the Windows Installer Cache Verifier Package troubleshooter

There is a new general-purpose installation troubleshooting tool called the Windows Installer Cache Verifier Package troubleshooter 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. The Windows Installer Cache Verifier Package…