WinFX February CTP: Faster and More Stable Avalon!


Avalon is way smoother in Feb CTP! If you’re into WinFX, then you’ve heard by now that the February CTP (Community Tech Preview) is out and about.


Mike Swanson, among many others, provided the full list of links you’ll need.


Mike had mentioned that the there are performance improvements in this version, so I waited to write this ’til I got a chance to see for myself.  I finally got around to it, and boy, he wasn’t joking.  It runs a lot smoother.


Borrowed from Mike, here is the full list of links you’ll need:



Also, this is not a joke: If you have a prior version of WinFX installed on your computer, be sure to follow the uninstall procedures.  Don’t try uninstalling manually (like I did) – it didn’t work for me, and this tool cleans up the whole shebang, quick and easy.


Comments (4)

  1. Kris says:

    Can I use Visual Studio C# Express edition to install WinfX?

    Thanks.

  2. RRelyea says:

    Yes, you can edit XAML via the XML editor and you can get intellisense in your C# or VB code, but: the "Cider" designer doesn’t work with the express edition…so right now Express is missing a major feature.

    Final VS "Orcas" releases should have support for "Cider" in Express…but you’ll have to wait for "Orcas" express skus.

  3. robburke says:

    Thanks for clarifying that, Rob.

    One option for people using Express Edition would be to use Expression Interactive Designer for their design experience.  Unfortunately, as per the EID Blog link above, there isn’t a version yet that works with the WinFX Feb CTP.  You’ll need to wait untli the March CTP of EID, which is "under starters orders" according to the EID team.  

  4. Kris says:

    I could not install it on Express edition of C#. Failed during Windows SDK installation with the following message. Too bad I can’t play with it 🙁

    6:25:58 PM Thursday, March 02, 2006: Action 18:25:58: InstallFiles. Copying new files

    8:35:14 PM Thursday, March 02, 2006: Action 20:35:14: Rollback. Rolling back action:

    8:37:42 PM Thursday, March 02, 2006: [SDKSetup:Error] Config_Products_Configure: Configuration of Product Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit (failed): Fatal error during installation.

    8:37:42 PM Thursday, March 02, 2006: [SDKSetup:Info] Config_Products_Configure: End configuration of product: Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit

    8:37:42 PM Thursday, March 02, 2006: [SDKSetup:Info] Config_Products_Install: End installation of product: Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit

    8:37:42 PM Thursday, March 02, 2006: [SDKSetup:Error] Config_Products_Install: Windows SDK Setup (failed): Installation of the "Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit" product has reported the following error: Fatal error during installation.