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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Possible workarounds for XNA Game Studio setup errors caused by XnaLiveProxy

Every once in a while, I hear from a customer on the Creators Club forums or via my blog who cannot install XNA Game Studio due to a problem with the XnaLiveProxy component that is installed behind the scenes during setup.  I wanted to describe how I diagnose this type of issue and offer a…

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Link to an add-in that enables debugging for XNA Game Studio content pipeline extensions

My colleague, Stephen Styrchak, has created a Visual Studio 2008 add-in that allows you to debug an XNA Game Studio content pipeline extension from within Visual Studio 2008 as you are developing it.  Since it is a Visual Studio add-in, you can only install it in Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition or higher – it…

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Steps to upgrade an XACT2 project to XACT3 so it can be used with XNA Game Studio 3.1

If you have an XNA Game Studio project that includes an XACT2 audio project and plan to upgrade it to XNA Game Studio 3.1, there is an additional manual step you must take to upgrade your XACT2 project to XACT3 format. There is some information about this scenario in the XNA Game Studio 3.1 documentation. …

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Steps to install XNA Game Studio without using the setup bootstrapper

In the past, we’ve heard from a few people via the Creators Club forums who have had trouble getting XNA Game Studio setup to run correctly.  In a few cases, such as in this forum post, the setup program (named bootstrapper.exe) crashes shortly after double-clicking on the setup package to launch it. If you run…

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Possible problem publishing content with ClickOnce in XNA Game Studio 3.0 or 3.1

I ran into an issue in a Creators Club forum post this week that I wanted to describe in more detail here in case anyone runs into a similar issue in the future. In the forum post, a developer was using the animated sprite sample available in this MSDN topic as the starting point for…

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Links to GDC 2009 XNA Game Studio Developer Day session content

The PowerPoint slides and the audio recordings for the sessions that were presented at the XNA Game Studio Developer Day at GDC 2009 are now available for download.  Here are links to the download pages and brief descriptions of each session as they are described on the download pages: XNA Game Studio Program Overview XNA…

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