A visit to WiX Night

Last night I visited a WiX night after a very long absence. After watching the Sounders 2-1 US Open Cup victory via the internet, I was asked: here to fix a bug or …? Initial answer: I don’t know, I’m just trying to figure out what’s going on. I casually asked what I hoped would…

Handy KB Article for Deleting Windows.old

If you’ve been dogfooding Windows 7 like I have, you have an orphaned windows.old directory on your hard drive and you need the space back from Windows.old to get the Windows 7 RTM. When I Bing-ed for delete windows.old, I found KB Article 930527: How to use the Disk Cleanup feature to delete the Windows.old…

Try Windows Installer 5.0 in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 RC

Early last week Microsoft announced the delivery of Windows 7 release candidate coupled with the delivery of the release candidate of Windows Server 2008 R2.   Test the Windows 7 Release Candidate at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/default.aspx.   Test the Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/R2.aspx.   In these releases, you can try What’s New in…


Setup for the Altair

Today I came across it in a Wikipedia article on the Altair   On final approach, Allen realized that they had forgotten to write a bootstrap program to read the tape into memory. Writing in 8080 machine language, Allen finished the program before the plane landed. Only when they loaded the program onto an Altair…

Try Windows Installer 4.5 functionality available in these Windows Release Candidates

TechNet just published the RC candidates for Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 have been released.  All of these releases have the Windows Installer 4.5 features embedded in this Windows distribution. Windows 7 is also expecting an RC soon though broad access is not yet available.

Reregistering the Windows Installer service does not work on Vista and above

A common troubleshooting Windows Installer technique before vista was to reregister the Windows Installer service.  The steps went something like this Unregister Windows Installer, and then reregister Windows Installer. To do this, follow these steps:  1. On the “Start” menu, click “Run:. 2. In the “Open” box, type “msiexec /unreg”, and then press ENTER.  3. On…

Windows Installer 5 Documentation Now Online

MSDN has updated their web site with documentation for Window Installer 5 in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. A good place to start is the What’s New In Windows Installer 5.0 page. Of the feedback I received for Windows Installer in Windows Vista, the Single Package Authoring worth a look.

Windows Installer 5.0 Crash on Windows 7 Beta

The TechNet forum post Windows Installer Crash appears to have find a workaround for the issue by usingstart regeditnavigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\SQMClient\Windows\DisabledSessionsrename MachineThrottling to _MachineThrottling Original credit for the workaround was attributed to http://chris123nt.com/2009/01/18/sqm-client-causing-crashing-in-windows-7/