Y2K7 crisis coming up?

It’s been seven years since the Y2K crisis.  It seems we may have another crisis coming up which some developers may not have thought of yet. If you’re using standard build numbers from the PE headers, you’re using something like:     Major.Minor.Build.QFE Each part of the build number is an unsigned 16 bit integer.  That means…

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The big hammer (vs 2005 uninstall tool)

During the Visual Studio 2005 product cycle, we realized we needed a tool to wipe out the final released bits on a customer’s machine in case things went wrong.  We published a tool that did that for CTPs and Betas but not for the final RTM bits. I’ve been asked for a tool to remove…

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VS 2005 Tools for Office 2007 has shipped!

I’ve been so busy lately that I forgot to announce the project I’ve been working on for the last 3 months just shipped! Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office SE shipped last week.  Office 2007 developers will now have native support for Office 2007 inside Visual Studio 2005. It’s a free download so try it…

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VS 2005 on Vista

Vista’s done!  Finally For those who have tried the beta or an Release Candidate, you’ll notice a few issues and problems with Visual Studio 2005. Being a brand new operating system on the bleeding edge, there have been several changes made, especially to secure your machine from malware.  Those changes and lock downs will affect…

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System Beta

It’s been a while since I posted but I’ve been busy working on the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System Beta.  That definately wins the title of longest product name Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System Beta will allow developers to use Visual Studio 2005…

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VS 2003 Service Pack 1 has RTM’d

It’s been a while since I blogged but this is definately worth blogging about. The Visual Studio 2003 Service Pack 1 has just been released!  For those using VS 2003, go ahead and start downloading the service pack.  I know it’s been a long time coming and hopefully this will improve your VS 2003 development…

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VS install fails on custom action: WriteKeycodeToRegistryAction

Our PSS team just debugged this problem.  When trying to install VS with crystal reports, a custom action tries to execute and fails. The WriteKeycodeToRegistryAction.6F2B3983_59B8_11D3_B360_00A0C9DA500E Custom action fails because it relies on dbghelp.dll being present in the \windows\system32 directory.  If you run into this issue, repair your operating system to get dbghelp.dll (or copy it…

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Visual Studio CTPs

I’m working with a few other program managers in Visual Studio to figure out how Customer Tech Previews (CTPs) will work for the next version of Visual Studio (code name Orcas). During the VS 2005 cycle, some customers really loved CTPs and other thought they were horrible and needed a higher quality bar.  The original…

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Server exception with asp.net project

Error message: Parser Error Message: Theme ‘Panel’ cannot be found in the application or global theme directories. This error occurs when you try employ a theme in an asp.net project but the front page server extensions are not installed on the server. To workaround this issue, install the front page server extensions on the server…

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.NET Framework 2.0 hangs during install

I just spent some time debugging a customer’s machine.  When trying to install the .NET Framework, the install hangs because the IIS service can’t stop when the asp.net files are being installed. IIS is failing to stop because it can’t stop it’s dependent services.  Eventually after investigating, it turns out that if you have Zone…

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