Mailbag: Should I re-install the versions of the .NET Framework in a specific order?

Question: I used the instructions and the cleanup tool in this blog post to remove all versions of the .NET Framework from my computer, and now I want to re-install them.  Do I need to re-install them in any specific order? Answer: In general, the versions of the .NET Framework allow you to install in…

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Link to information about using isolated storage APIs in an XNA Game Studio Windows game

My colleague Shawn Hargreaves wrote a helpful blog post last week that gives more detailed information about how to use isolated storage APIs in an XNA Game Studio Windows game.  It includes some settings that you can change in the Visual Studio IDE so that you can use the GetUserStoreForApplication API during debugging without needing…

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WiX v3.5 escrow build is now available to download

Rob Mensching announced on his blog last week that WiX v3.5 is now in escrow mode, which means that there were zero active bugs when the v3.5.2325 build was produced, and the final release of WiX v3.5 will be happening very soon.  If no showstopper bugs are found and fixed, this build will be the…

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Steps I use to narrow down the root cause of an XNA Game Studio setup failure

Earlier this week, a co-worker ran into an error while installing XNA Game Studio on his computer, and he asked me for help figuring out what caused the problem.  I realized that I follow essentially the same set of steps to narrow down the root cause every time I run into an XNA Game Studio…

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Xbox LIVE Indie Games pipeline is now accepting XNA Game Studio 4.0 games

As noted on the XNA Game Studio team blog today, the Xbox LIVE Indie Games publishing pipeline is now accepting XNA Game Studio 4.0 games in addition to XNA Game Studio 3.1 games.  This was originally scheduled to be enabled last Friday, but it slipped out a few days due to a couple of last…

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Steps to install XNA Game Studio 4.0 without using the setup bootstrapper

A while back, I wrote a blog post describing how to extract the contents of the XNA Game Studio 2.0, 3.0 and 3.1 setup packages and install the components manually in case the normal installation process fails.  I just went back and updated that blog post to also list the steps for extracting and manually…

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Windows Phone Developer Tools October 2010 Update is now available for download

As announced earlier this week in this post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, the Windows Phone Developer Tools October 2010 Update is now available for download.  This update is a patch, so you must install the Windows Phone Developer Tools before you will be able to install the update. This update includes the following…

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