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Suggest a topic for a future blog post....

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I am going to keep track of ideas for future blog posts with this blog article.  I'll add my own ideas as they come to me, and I also welcome suggestions from anyone out there who would like to suggest a topic.  I am going to use the following guidelines:

  1. Please use the comment functionality on the blog server to suggest anything you think sounds interesting
  2. Keep in mind my areas of expertise from the tag line of my blog - general setup and deployment issues, WiX, XNA Game Studio, the .NET Framework and Visual Studio.  I know about things outside of these areas, but my level of depth of knowledge may vary widely depending on the topic, and I am not going to pretend to be an expert and post about a topic I am not very familiar with
  3. I will remove comments as I create posts that address them


  • I have been keeping a folder on my computer where I drop emails that I send myself with ideas for future...
  • I expect that this is outside of your area of expertise, but I was inspired by your last blog post, so here goes...

    Several months ago I was trying to get the Pocket PC Emulator running on my laptop, which has Windows Server 2003 SP1 (which has NoExecute). The VPC Service, which the emulator uses fails to start and the driver is flagged by the driver protection service (sorry if I get the name wrong.)

    I found some work arounds that suggested disabling /NoExecute to get it to run. I tried this and it didn't work.

    Sorry if I am light on details (I gave up trying to get this to work several months ago and haven't tried again since) but the conclusion that I came to was that there was something about running an AMD x64 CPU in 32-bit mode that made NoExecute always on. I don't remember the utility I used to verify this, but I found a utility somewhere that told me NoExecute was on even after changing the NoExecute option and rebooting.

    Am I nuts, or is it possible that NoExecute can't be turned off on 64 bit CPUs running 32 bit OSs?
  • Is theree any Advice on why Office Pro 03 would not upgrade as the Work 8 program is installed on my computer. I have been tossed between MS and Gateway countless times. They are not helping to discover why I can't simply Upgrade, instead of a full Office version.
  • Hey Neeley - According to the information I've been able to find so far, Office 2003 Professional Edition should allow you to upgrade from several previous versions of Microsoft Works.

    Can you let me know exactly what version of Works that you have installed on your computer? You can do that by using the steps listed at http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2005/07/01/434814.aspx to gather a list of installed products, and then send it to me at aaronste (at) microsoft (dot) com.

  • Hey Neeley - can you also search for the file named worksup.dll on your computer and if you have it installed can you tell me what version of that file is installed and where it is installed? That is one of items that Office 2003 setup looks for to determine whether or not Works 8 is installed...

  • I am a student developer at The Ohio State University and I am working with a team to attempt to develop a media center application. The only issue is we don't know how to communicate with the outside world (i.e. a database or something of the like). How about a blog tutorial on creating a C# applet or an ActiveX control that could do something along these lines?

  • I am trying to install .Net 2.0 RC1 but I have to uninstall .Net 2.0 beta first. I click on the link and obviously I go into Add/Remove programs. I go down to .Net 2.0 Beta but suprise there is no "remove" link to click on. How the heck am I gonna install RC1 if I cant get Beta removed.

    Any ideas?

  • Hi Gerhard - if you are having trouble removing .NET 2.0 Beta and it is not appearing in Add/Remove Programs, I would suggest that you follow these steps:

    1. Download smartmsizap from http://astebner.sts.winisp.net/Tools/smartmsizap.zip
    2. Run smartmsizap.exe /p {7A1ADD0C-17F3-47B8-B033-A06E189C835D}

    This should forcibly remove the .NET Framework 2.0 beta 2 for you. Please contact me at http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/contact.aspx if this doesn't work for you.
  • Hi,

    In the .NET Framework 2 documentation - the System.Drawing Namespace has the following section/text (titled 'Caution') :

    'Classes within the System.Drawing namespace are not supported for use within a Windows or ASP.NET service. Attempting to use these classes from within one of these application types may produce unexpected problems, such as diminished service performance and run-time exceptions.'

    Having used this System.Drawing namespace extensively from ASP/Netv1.1 in the past (to do realtime image generation / and realtime image conversion for various clients including browsers/mobile) - I am confused as to what Microsoft expects us to use instead of this namespace in ASP.NET 2?

    While I appreciate that there may be slower performance - the part about 'unexpected problems / runtime exceptions' is a worry.

    Are you able to elaborate on this matter - and also explain if there are some classes in this system.drawing namespace that are actually considered safe to use under ASP.NET - or if there are some alternatives?

    Thanks - and hope you can help out (or even create a blog entry on this topic)!

  • Hey Aaron,

    I am having load of problems with http ports when using Webmedia player and internet radio. It is very difficult to find out which ports your Windows firewall is blocking and not. As this problem is also occuring when using the media player I think it could be a good topic in the near future. The problem that I have is that sometimes when I turn mce on from standby the media player tells me that I am not connected to the internet and therefor not possible to play the stream. If I then make a repair on the networking card it works again???!!!
  • Hey Aaron.

    I have a product that is divided into a core and multiple addins. The addins are released separately from the core. Currently the core and each one of the addins have their own installation (MSI) package. Is there a way to include the addins as (yet unimplemented) features of the core, so that the installation maintenance would be performed through one MSI package? For example, to enable these features by delivering the addins by patches or to use the "Advertise" MSI mechanism?
  • Are there any plans to add HD channels to the MsnTV Remote Record feature?
  • Always a pleasure to read Aaron's blog :)

    We supply possibly the coolest MCE platforms in the world, and these can truely see the convergence of the 'digital home' on an 'appropriate platform' - the slim, silent and cool running (<43W typical, <28dBA typical) T2eMP (AVA) PC platform......

    we are however concerned that there is no 'easy / public' window to FAQ's re MCE2005 (ie why one of our clients can't get EPG via a shared modem (dial up) - of course we all generally assume broadband is everywhere (which really is needed for online services), but sadly BB is not available (nor will be) for some....... so how about an easy to search, free FAQ web - for all MCE users ?

    Possible ?

    For hardware providers - like us, and software providers - like MS, the public, non-techy, needs real help.... how do we do that ?

    Tranquil would back / sponsor and pay for the hosting of such a web, but the content - we only have a small view of what is needed, and the solutions available.

    ..... welcoming any feedback.
  • Hello:

    XP Media Edition 2002

    I need immediate and critical response in resolving a FrontPage 2000 Server Extension / IIS Details.

    I just purchased an PC that doesn't recognize FrontPage 2000 Server Extensions. IIS v5 can't install the extensions noting unable to locate Personal Web Server, and that Windows 2000 OS and greater can't install 2000 extensions.

    If I attempt to download 2002 Server extension I received a message noting the IIS 4+ and greater need to be installed, and I'm already running IIS v5.

    I need to install Visual Studio .NET 2003 and will not install without the extensions. My class ends this week and this is CRITICAL.

    2nd inquiry relates to whether XP Media Edition supports dual OSs?

    Thank you and have a Blessed & Peaceful Day!
  • I'm at wits end trying to successfully install (or uninstall!) .NET Framework 2.0. No matter what I do, it always hangs at "Registering System.EnterpriseServices.dll." I've tried everything that looks applicable from this site, including all the steps here:


    There's no problem with administrative permissions, which looks like the only case resembling what I'm getting. Is there any hope?
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