VS2008 SP1: Issues Changing Your Installed Features

We’ve had many users report issues when trying to change their installed features in VS2008 SP1.  The error looks like the following: This is a bug not in SP1 itself, but shared in several other hotfixes released after SP1.  Some notable culprits are KB971092, KB972222, and KB973675, all of which show up on Microsoft update. …


Silverlight 4 Upgrade Breaks Silverlight Debugging Experience

A design change in the Silverlight 4 installer now causes older developer runtime to be upgraded when a newer client runtime installer is executed.  This causes the Silverlight debugging components to be uninstalled, and breaks the debugging experience: The workaround for this is to install the latest Silverlight developer runtime, which you can find at…


Finding the Visual Studio Activity Log

Sometimes when something goes wrong in Visual Studio, you might see the following dialog: We’ve had a number of users comment that the couldn’t find the file.  This is because the file is only written when you run Visual Studio’s executable (devenv.exe) with the /log parameter.  If you are reporting an issue to us (especially…

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64-Bit Team Build Fails on Silverlight Projects (and How to Fix It)

If you have a Silverlight project under source control, and try to build it on a 64-bit Team Build (or similar) server, you may encounter the following error: After checking the immediately obvious (i.e. is the SDK installed), you might wonder why this is happening.  It has to do with the build running under 64-bit…

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