Link to System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 that can help fix OS update install errors

I have heard from several customers in the past who have had issues installing hotfixes or updates for Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008.  This type of problem can happen during .NET Framework 3.5 setup and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 setup because these products install service packs for the .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0 behind the…

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Some notes about OS installation conditions in Media Center application setup files

Recently, I noticed this post on the Big Screen Blog where Niall Ginsbourg talks about some changes he made to the installers for his Big Screen applications for Windows Vista Media Center.  He didn’t go into much detail about what he changed, so I want to explain the OS version detection that happens in the…

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.NET Framework 2.0 SP1 and 3.0 SP1 repair options on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

In my previous blog post, I described silent repair and uninstall command line switches that can be used for the .NET Framework 3.5.  In that post, I also noted that because the .NET Framework 3.5 includes the .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 and 3.0 SP1 as prerequisites, the repair process would chain in the repair for…

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June 2008 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista available for download

A new cumulative update package for Windows Vista Media Center has been released this week.  This update is called the June 2008 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista and is also known as KB950126.  It is available for download in x86 and x64 versions.  It can be installed on systems running the original…

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Mailbag: How to install the .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 and 3.0 SP1 on Windows Vista

Question: I am attempting to figure out how to redistribute the .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 and .NET Framework 3.0 SP1 standalone packages with my application.  As a test, I tried to run both of these redistributable packages on Windows Vista, but the installation processes were blocked and I could not get the .NET Framework 2.0…

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Link to information about new WixGamingExtension in WiX v3.0 for Game Explorer integration

Bob Arnson posted some information about a new feature in WiX v3.0 that I wanted to link to here as well to hopefully help raise visibility.  In his post, located at http://www.joyofsetup.com/2008/04/22/new-wix-feature-gaming-extension/, he describes a new WiX v3.0 extension called the WixGamingExtension that contains functionality that allows a developer to include functionality in their MSI-based…


Mailbag: The February 2008 Media Center Cumulative Update fails to install on Windows Vista SP1

Question: I saw your blog post about the February 2008 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista.  I have Windows Vista Ultimate Edition with SP1 installed, and when I try to install this Cumulative Update, it fails.  How can I get this update to install on my Windows Vista SP1 system? Answer: Windows Vista…


How I resolved Windows Installer error code 2738 on Vista while running light.exe from WiX v3.0

Recently, while attempting to build a Japanese MSI using WiX v3.0, I received an error message that looked like the following: light.exe : error LGHT0217 : An unexpected external UI message was received: ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ???? 2738 ??? I wanted to see the full text of this error message, so I temporarily changed the product language…

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Knowledge base article describing how to extract .msu files and automate installing them

The .NET Framework 3.5 installs service packs for the .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0 behind the scenes as prerequisites.  On Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, the .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0 are installed as OS components, which means that the 2.0 and 3.0 service packs are delivered as .msu files that contain OS update…

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February 2008 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista available for download

A new cumulative update package for Windows Vista Media Center has been released this week.  This update is called the February 2008 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista and is also known as KB947172.  It is available for download in x86 and x64 versions. The February 2008 Cumulative Update includes the following fixes:…

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