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. …

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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…

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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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