Calling Silverlight 1.1 Developers: Do You Need to Update Your Machine?

I've seen isolated reports of the Silverlight plug-in expiring here and there today from a few developers who have the 1.1 alpha installed on their machine. The RTM version of the Silverlight core is 1.0.20926. If you have any other version number on your machine than 1.0.20926 or 1.1.20926 (check by right-clicking on some Silverlight content and choosing "Silverlight Configuration"), you're running a pre-RTM release and you should update. (Since you're running a pre-RTM release, the safest thing to do is to uninstall and reinstall.)

For those who are interested in more detail, let's explore the technical differences between the 1.0, 1.1 alpha and the final 1.1 builds. Silverlight 1.0 is at its heart a XAML rendering engine that supports media, 2D graphics and animation, all orchestrated by JavaScript. Earlier this year, we released a 1.0 beta of the rendering engine, along with an alpha release of 1.1 that adds support for the CLR and dynamic languages. Both have exactly the same core engine - the 1.1 release just has extra stuff in it as well.

As we released new builds of Silverlight 1.0 on the road to RTM, we updated the corresponding 1.1 bits to match the new rendering engine, without making any other changes. Here's a diagram - the top row shows the 1.0 builds, the bottom row shows the 1.1 builds. Notice that the CLR is identical in all 1.1 builds:


We automatically updated 1.0 RC builds to the latest release through to RTM, so if you originally had 1.0.20724 on your machine, you should now have 1.0.20926. (If you're one of a very small number of folk who received a private build, then you would have needed to manually auto-update).

However, since the 1.1 plug-in was released as a developer "alpha" rather than a broad "go live" consumer preview release, we didn't auto-update between 1.1 builds. With hindsight, maybe that was a mistake, since there are obviously a few folk out there who are running a 1.1 build with pre-RTM rendering engine bits without realizing it. To be clear, if you're experiencing problems and you installed a 1.1 alpha build on your machine, check the version number. If it's less than 1.1.20926, uninstall and grab a fresh version.

Moving forward, we've forked the source code into a 1.0 servicing branch and a 1.1 branch. We'll use the 1.0 servicing branch to fix bugs customers report to us as they come up; you can expect to see a maintenance release in the next month or so. Our 1.1 branch is where we're currently doing the core development work; all new feature work is being checked in here, regardless of whether it's related to the CLR or the rendering engine. Whether you're using JavaScript or .NET as your programming model, you'll get the benefits of the 1.1 rendering engine. Sites written for 1.0 will run just fine on Silverlight 1.1 - we're not breaking compatibility, just adding new features and making incremental improvements to existing ones.

How do you check what version an end-user has installed on their machine? Well, you can use the Silverlight.IsInstalled() method to identify whether a minimum version is installed; more details on this method are available in the Using CreateSilverlight.js and Silverlight.js topic on MSDN. This supports the use of a two-part or a four-part version notation for the input parameter, so you can get very specific and check that the user has at least 1.0.20926 on their machine (i.e. 1.0 RTM).

This is lots of detail that you'll probably never need to know about, but it's always interesting to understand what's going on behind the curtain. Hope this offers some useful insights.

Comments (14)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Tim,

    I am confused. I have the September Alpha Refresh installed, but the version number is 1.1.20816.0. My "update" setting is set to "Check for updates but let me choose…". Shouldn’t I have received a notification when 1.1.20926 was out?



  2. Anonymous says:

    Getting an Expiration Message on Your Silverlight 1.1 Plug-in? Read On…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Silverlight Cream for November 2, 2007 — #116

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have Silverlight 1.1.20926 installed on my machine. However, sites that use Silverlight say that I don’t have Silverlight installed and lead me to the 1.0 install page.

    The 1.0 install fails. It states that it cannot install because a newer version of Silverlight is already installed.

    I’ve managed to get it working in the past by uninstalling 1.1 and installing 1.0 again. However, any time I upgrade to 1.1 the same problem reappears: sites don’t recognize that I have Silverlight installed.

    Any idea on what is causing this issue?

  5. Tim Sneath says:

    Erwyn, could you give me an example of a site that fails? It may be that the site itself has faulty version detection logic.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Tim, is one of the sites that fails to detect Silverlight 1.1 on my machine, as well as

  7. Anonymous says:

    If you are as inpatient as I and use 1.1 Alpha version of Silverlight, than you probably run on following

  8. Anonymous says:

    Silverlight Alpha 1.1 Expired, Not Automatically Updated

  9. Anonymous says:

    I work with the Silverlitht Refreshing Version Sept. (20926) since November 1.

    Since yesterday (November 3) there is a problem: I can not see the fullscreen modus of "". There ist a "Windows Internet Explorer"-window with this words:

    "Silverlight error message

    Error Code: 2202

    Error Type: Runtime Error

    Message: AG_E-Runtime_Findname

    MethodName: HugoBossLogo"

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Tim, Piotr and Bob. My problem with Silverlight 1.1 was caused by a missing npctrl.1.0.20926.0.dll in the Silverlight directory. Under some exceptional circumstances this file might be deleted after a reboot when Silverlight has been installed. A complete uninstall and reinstall fixed the issue.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Tim, do you have a rough date range where SL 1.1 can RTW? This is essential info because I’m about to start a new project using either 1.0 or 1.1. Thank you.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I fixed my Silverlight problem with your help.

    I just wanted to mention that I could use the 1.1 version . The PC was telling me that there is no Silverlight installed.

    As Erwyn said, I uninstalled Silverlight and also went to the Silverlight installation folder to remove one file left there: npctrl.1.0.20926.0.dll .

    Then install again Silverlight 1.1 and it works. No restart in needed.


  13. Anonymous says:

    Mike Harsh announced recently the first Service release for 1.0 . The release includes perf improvements,

  14. Anonymous says:

    As an end user, I HATE SILVERLIGHT.  It seems to take over my whole pc, and I can not do anything else  (not even close the window, not even CTL ATL DEL)   I have to TAKE THE BATTERY OUT to stop it.   Advertisers may like it, but as an end user, i resent it (and will resent sites that may try to force me to use it)  I uninstalled it, and HOPEFULLY I GOT A CLEAN UNINSTALL

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