Thoughts about setup and deployment issues, WiX, XNA, the .NET Framework and Visual Studio
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I've seen numerous issues and comments related to using the customized download manager to control downloads of the Visual Studio Express SKUs and their prerequisites and optional addins such as SQL and MSDN. Here are a couple of options that you can use to directly download the packages and then run from your local machine to install the beta bits:
If you want, you can also assemble the equivalent of a CD layout on your local hard drive. To do this, use these steps:
If anyone tries this and hits any problems please email me or drop me a comment and I'll help wherever I can. Thanks!
<update date="11/16/2005"> Updated the URL to be http://go.microsoft.com instead of http://www.microsoft.com </update>