New Fix for Licensing and Activation Issues with Expression Web 4

We have just released a fix for licensing and activation issues with Expression Web 4. Symptoms of licensing and/or activation issues include: Expression Web 4 reverts to trial mode. You receive a message that states that the product key is invalid. The product key is not accepted during the Expression Web 4 installation process. You…

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Causes for Slow Performance and Hangs in Expression Web

One of the most common causes for slow performance in Expression Web is network latency while remotely authoring a site. For example, if you are editing your site live using an HTTP or FTP path, the performance of Expression Web while doing so is heavily reliant on the speed of the connection between you and…

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Causes for Expression Web Crashing

There are a few known causes for Expression Web crashes. If you start Expression Web and you see a message telling you that it’s encountered a problem and needs to close, it’s possible that one of the issues below may be causing the problem. Kaspersky Antivirus Earlier versions of Kaspersky antivirus interacted with jscript.dll in…

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Licensing and Activation Problems with Expression Web 3 or 4

Some customers have experienced problems when entering a product key or when activating Expression Web 3 or 4. This problem may have one of the following symptoms. You see an error that says “The licensing didn’t start properly (c004E01E).” A valid product key is not accepted by the installation or by the software. A fully…

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Resources for Expression Web Users

I’m often contacted by frustrated Expression Web users, both those new to Expression Web and those who are moving from FrontPage, who are struggling to figure out how to accomplish seemingly simple tasks such as formatting page elements and arranging page content. In almost all cases, the cause for frustration is that these users are…

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Expression Web 3 Service Pack 2 Available

Service pack 2 for Expression Web 3 is now available. You can find all the details (including a download link) here. Here is a recap of what’s included. Issues resolved in this service pack When editing PHP, files you may have been asked to update related hyperlinks on the page. If you did so, some…

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Get Expression Web 4 (or Expression Studio 4) Free!

We recently announced that existing users of Expression Web 3 will get Expression Web 4 at no charge when it’s available. Existing users of Expression Studio 3 will receive version 4 at no charge. See http://www.microsoft.com/expression/products/Upgrade.aspx for more information. Availability of version 4 has not yet been announced, but this is great news for Expression…

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Expression Web 3 crashes during install – System.OutofMemoryException

Note: This blog entry replaces a previous blog entry which examined the same issue – this blog has been updated with new information and a new workaround. Here’s another installation crash issue. The install of Expression Web 3 will be humming right along when all of a sudden you get the generic error saying “Expression…


“Cannot Find DependencyProperty or PropertyInfo for Property named ‘Effect’” error during xWeb3 Setup

During the installation of Expression Web 3, you may encounter the following error: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation.Cannot find DependencyProperty or PropertyInfo for property named ‘Effect’. Property names are case sensitive. Error at object ‘LayoutRoot’ in markup file ‘XSetupUI;component/initializationwindow.xaml’. Clicking the OK button takes you out of the installation and…


“Setup.exe is not a valid win32 application”

Say what? After inserting what looks to be a perfectly good DVD disc into the reader and trying to run the install for Expression Web 3, you see the error message to the left on the screen. What does it mean? Is it some kind of secret Microsoft code? Not really. But it does indicate…