Installing Visual Studio 2010 RC1 on XP SP3


I came across an interesting issue with VS2010 RC1 on XP SP3 the other day.  I’m on a customer site and it affects all of their machines.  When you tried to install Visual Studio the installed would just crash and exit.  I narrowed this down to Data Execution Prevention (DEP) causing the installer to exit.


 The solution ended up being to disable DEP by changing the boot.ini to



[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS


[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /fastdetect /NoExecute=AlwaysOff


Hope this is useful to someone


Comments (2)

  1. amit says:

    hi i tried your solution but still getting the same problem.

    i am using window xp without any service pack. i can't update to sp3.  can you give me any other solution ?

  2. faizan ansari says:

    first you install directx software and then install java 2 run time