Definitive list of workarounds for Package Load Failure errors in Visual Studio 2005

Important note – the steps in this blog post have typically only proven useful in cases where a previous beta of Visual Studio 2005 was installed on the system prior to installing the final release of VS 2005.  If you have never had a beta of VS 2005 on your system and are encountering package load…

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How to use FSnap to locate files with a specific version in the GAC

The following steps can be used to gather a list of all files installed in the Global Assembly Cache (GAC) on your system and then remove files that have been orphaned during the uninstall process for Visual Studio 2005 beta products: Download the FSnap tool and extract it to c:\fsnap.exe on your machine Click on the…

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How to escape quotes in the command line for .NET Framework setup

I heard from a setup developer here at Microsoft last week who was working on updating his team’s setup chainer to install the .NET Framework 2.0 instead of .NET Framework 1.1, but he was running into some issues while working on the implementation. Their team’s setup is doing something creative that I hadn’t heard of anyone…

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More detailed steps to fix .NET Framework install errors that ask for tmpXXXX.tmp

I previously described a set of steps in this blog post that can be used to manually remove the .NET Framework and reinstall it if you receive an error message stating that setup is unable to find the file tmpXXXX.tmp when attempting to install a .NET Framework service pack or hotfix.   However, I’ve heard from a couple…

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How to clean up a SQL 2005 instance name left behind by a previous uninstall

I have heard from a few customers who have tried to uninstall and re-install SQL 2005 and have run into errors with both the uninstall and the re-install.  I have already described the most common uninstall error and a suggested workaround in this previous blog post (an error reading property “Installids” from the cache and/or an…

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How to configure the Visual Studio 2005 IDE to use custom XSD files for IntelliSense

I’ve finally gotten some time to experiment with some of the features of the Visual Studio 2005 IDE (as you can see from my post last week about how to populate the Add References dialog).  I wanted to share a couple of tricks I discovered about using Visual Studio 2005 to create and edit XML…

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List of possible return codes from .NET Framework 2.0 setup

A few weeks ago I posted a list of supported command line switches for the new setup wrapper that is used to install the .NET Framework 2.0 and other products in the Visual Studio 2005 family.  If you are deploying the .NET Framework 2.0 as part of another setup package, the command line parameters are…

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What to do if Media Center Extender for Xbox 360 setup crashes

I have heard from a couple of customers who have tried to download and install the software to enable using Xbox 360 as an Extender for Media Center 2005 with Update Rollup 2, but have encountered a crash dialog from the DvcSetup.exe process at the beginning of setup.  I finally located a computer in our…

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Resolving error creating smart device projects in Visual Studio 2005

I heard from a customer this week who uninstalled all beta versions of Visual Studio 2005 and then installed the final release.  After doing this, he saw an error when trying to create a Smartphone 2003 Smart Device project using Visual C#.  The following error message consistenly appeared when trying to create the project: This…

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Possible workaround for Media Center guide download error code 20

Our development team has found a possible root cause and workaround for error code 20 that may appear when trying to download television guide data in Media Center 2005.  The guide download error code article I previously published describes error code 20 as a file validation error, possibly caused by a mismatched guide package.  Previously,…

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