Mailbag: How to perform a silent install of the Visual C++ 2010 redistributable packages

Question: You previously posted lists of command line switches to perform silent and unattended installations of the Visual C++ 2005 redistributable and the Visual C++ 2008 redistributable.  How can I perform silent and unattended installations of the Visual C++ 2010 redistributable? Answer: The Visual C++ 2010 redistributable packages (vcredist_x86.exe, vcredist_x64.exe and vcredist_ia64.exe) support the following…

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How to fix compatibility mode error that can appear when installing Windows Phone Developer Tools or Visual Studio 2010

I have heard from a few people who tried to install the final release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools but get an installation error like the following: Visual Studio setup cannot run in compatibility mode. For more information see the ‘Installing’ section in the Visual Studio readme at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=143397. The link in the error…

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Installing offline documentation for Windows Phone Developer Tools

The Windows Phone Developer Tools CTPs and Beta have only offered online documentation for general Windows Phone developer topics and Silverlight Windows Phone application development topics.  However, it is possible to use the Visual Studio 2010 Help Library Manager to download an offline copy of the Windows Phone developer documentation.  Here are the steps I’ve…

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Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta and XNA Game Studio 4.0 Beta now available for download

As announced on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, a Windows Phone Developer Tools (WPDT) Beta (which includes an XNA Game Studio 4.0 Beta as well) was released for download today. Getting Started links Here are links to help you get started installing and using the Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta: Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta…

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Link with information about expert settings in Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone

If you have used previous versions of XNA Game Studio, particularly if you do cross-platform game development, you are probably used to seeing the following drop downs on the standard toolbar in the Visual Studio IDE: Solution Configurations drop down (which contains options like Debug and Release) Solution Platforms drop down (which contains options like…

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Offline install options for the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh

I have heard from a few folks who have had trouble getting the web download bootstrapper for the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh working correctly in their network environment.  Unfortunately, the CTP Refresh only ships as a web download bootstrapper and not as a full install package that can be downloaded as a single…

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Mailbag: How to detect the presence of the Visual C++ 2010 redistributable package

Question: I have seen your previous blog posts that describe how to detect the presence of the Visual C++ 2005 redistributable package and the Visual C++ 2008 redistributable package.  I am creating an installer that requires the Visual C++ 2010 runtime files.  How can I detect the presence of the Visual C++ 2010 redistributable package?…

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Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh and XNA Game Studio 4.0 CTP Refresh now available for download

As announced on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, a Windows Phone Developer Tools (WPDT) CTP Refresh (which includes an XNA Game Studio 4.0 CTP Refresh as well) was released for download today. Getting Started links Here are links to help you get started installing and using the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh: Windows Phone…

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A note about Visual Studio 2010 and the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP

As I noted in my previous blog post, the final versions of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4 have shipped.  I wanted to also briefly note that the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP that was released a month ago at the MIX10 conference is not compatible with the final version of VS 2010. …

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Final versions of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4 are now available

As Soma announced on his blog yesterday, the final versions of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4 have been released and are now available for download.  Here are some links to help you get started: .NET Framework 4 links What’s new in the .NET Framework 4 .NET Framework 4 application compatibility guide .NET…

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