Report VS 2008 or .NET Framework 3.5 beta installation issues directly to the setup team

I just noticed this post on Bret Grinslade’s blog that I wanted to link to here to help raise visibility.  In that post, Bret describes how to gather more information about any installation failures that you might encounter while installing a beta version of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5, and also some…

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Possible causes of Windows Vista hotfix install failures

The .NET Framework 3.5 beta 2 includes updates for the .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0.  Since the .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0 are installed as OS components on Windows Vista, the updates are delivered as Windows Vista hotfix packages.  We have seen some issues related to the installation of these .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0 updates…

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Japanese .NET Framework 3.5 beta 2 and VS 2008 beta 2 now available

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released the beta 2 versions of the .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008, and I posted all of the download links here.  This week, Japanese versions of beta 2 have also been released for web download.  Here are the download locations for the Japanese versions of the .NET…

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Workarounds for some .NET Framework 3.5 beta 2 install issues we have seen so far

Since the release of the .NET Framework 3.5 beta 2 a couple of weeks ago, we have run into a few installation issues that I wanted to let folks know about.  The good news is that all of these issues will be fixed in time for the final release of the .NET Framework 3.5, but…

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Possible issue using ASP.NET controls in VS 2008 beta 2

Description of this issue Since Visual Studio 2008 beta 2 and the .NET Framework 3.5 beta 2 were released, we have heard of a few issues related to using ASP.NET controls in the VS IDE after installing beta 2.  The issues we have seen so far include the following: ASP.NET controls do not show up…

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Make sure to uninstall VS Orcas beta 1 before installing beta 2

Before installing Visual Studio 2008 beta 2 or the .NET Framework 3.5 beta 2, it is necessary to remove previous beta versions of VS 2008.  In most cases, when running beta 2 setup on a system that has an earlier beta still installed, setup will block installation and display a dialog with a list of previous…


Tool to automatically collect and cab VS 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 setup log files

I wrote a post yesterday with a list of the names and locations of all of the log files produced during Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 setup.  As you can see in that post, the list of possible log files is very long, and that makes it annoying when attempting to gather the…

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Possible cause of Windows – No Disk error during VS 2008 beta 2 setup

We have seen a few cases where running Visual Studio 2008 beta 2 setup will cause an error dialog to appear when the setup UI initializes.  The dialog has the title Windows – No Disk and has Cancel, Try Again and Continue buttons, and looks something like the following: The systems we have seen this…

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