Announcing Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate

Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate (RC) – formerly known as Visual Studio 11 – is now available for download! Jason Zander’s blog has a lot of great information on all the exciting changes we have made, including improvements to setup. I encourage you to download and give VS2012 RC a try. Should you find… Read more

Introducing Managed Bootstrapper Applications

Now that WiX v3.6 has been released, I introduce the managed bootstrapper application (MBA) interoperability layer. It’s been available for a while actually, and if you’ve installed any builds of WiX v3.6, or the Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0 Developer Preview you’ve seen it in action. While Burn – the WiX bootstrapper engine – and the… Read more

Detection keys for .NET Framework 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010

Now that Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010 have been released, developers may wonder how to detect them on the system. As with previous releases, we support registry detection of either product family and Windows Installer component detection for Visual Studio. Detecting either product uses a separate set of supported keys. .NET Framework… Read more

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 RC and Visual Studio 2010 RC Available Now

Announced yesterday for MSDN subscribers, the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidates are available today for everyone to download. Feedback on VS2010 RC has been great, and we hope you agree. Feel free to provide feedback about your installation and development experience. Performance was a major focus for the RC from… Read more

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 Released

As announced on Soma’s blog this morning, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and the .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 have been released to MSDN Subscribers and will be available for everyone on Wednesday. Visual Studio 2010 boasts a great new user interface with better contrast and lots of UI elements that tend to add… Read more

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1 should be removed before upgrading to Windows 7

If you have been beta testing Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1, we recommend you install a fresh copy of Windows 7 on your machine. Alternatively, you may also choose to uninstall Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and .NET 4.0 Beta 1 prior to upgrading to Win7. Microsoft Windows 7 is available to MSDN and… Read more

Detecting Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1

The Visual Studio 2008 RTM and SP1 detection keys are largely the same as the Visual Studio 2005 SP1 detection keys, and are documented below. But there is a caveat for released and upcoming versions: the shared detection value can be overwritten by an older installation of the same release. For example, if you installed… Read more

Updated log collection utility available for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 Beta 1

Last Monday we shipped Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1 to MSDN customers, and made them publicly available Wednesday. More information about Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 are available on MSDN, and Aaron Stebner has a good collection of direct links. While we have worked hard to reduce… Read more

Microsoft VS/.NET Log Collection Tool

Using the Collect Utility If you encounter any setup issues, we will need all relevant logs. Please follow the instructions below to collect all those logs. Download collect.exe from the link  below. You may choose to save the tool for later use, or to run directly. The utility creates a compressed cabinet of all the… Read more

Microsoft .NET 1.x and Visual Studio 7.x patches may fail to uninstall

When attempting to uninstall a patch from the products listed in the Applies To section below, the following error may occur. Internal Error 2771. M953297 The last part of the error message will vary with each patch, where the last 6 digits are the knowledge base article related to the patch. Applies To Microsoft .NET… Read more