“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…


Expression Web 3 crashes while starting up on Windows XP SP3

When launching Expression Web 3 after a successful installation, Expression Web 3 may crash with the following error dialog: “Microsoft Expression Web 3 has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.” If you click “What data does this error report contain?” you will see the following: EventType : clr20r3    …


Customizing the ASP.NET Calendar control in Expression Web 3

Allow me to introduce you to a popular member of the ASP.NET community that has existed in Expression Web since version 2. In this case I’m talking about the Calendar Control, which is available from the ASP.NET Controls in the Toolbox. Adding a Calendar to your page is as simple as dragging and dropping the…


Blue Screen or Constantly rebooting system after installing Expression Web 3 on Windows XP Sp2

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water… the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) makes an unexpected appearance right after, of all things, installing Expression Web 3. The silver lining is if you’re running Windows Vista or Windows 7 then you’re safe from this problem. It only affects users on…


Expression Web/STUDIO 2 crashes on setup – “Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation.Cannot convert string ‘pack://application…”

Yes, it’s a long title for a blog, but I’ve got to differentiate the types of setup crashes we have been seeing lately. This one I’ve seen affecting Expression Web 2 and only with computers that have Office 2007 installed on the same machine. Here’s a run down of the situation: When installing Expression Web…


Expression Web 3 Installation is taking a Really long time (Really!)

By now, you have most likely downloaded the trial version of Expression Web 3 and tried it out. Perhaps you’ve purchased version 3 of Expression Web and are now trying to install it. It’s exciting, installing a new piece of software, especially a new version of an established line that you’re familiar with. You can’t…


Setup screens appear graphically confused

The title of this article isn’t an understatement. Just take a look at the picture below. Yes, this is a screenshot of an actual Expression Web setup dialog. Kind of scary isn’t it? The kicker to this weird issue is that Expression Setup and most of the Expression application user interfaces are the only applications…


Error 1406 When installing Expression Web 2

This is another frustrating setup error. It happens during the install of Expression Web 2 and always kills the installation dead in its tracks. The 1406 error means  that the Windows Installer has been denied permission to write to one or more registry keys on your machine. Although we have not pinned down the exact…