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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


  • Hi Rayaprolu - The log file %windir%\ehome\ehshell.crash should provide more details about why this crash is happening.  Depending on what that says, there are different options for how to try to resolve this issue.

    What kind of reconfiguration have you tried already?  Also, what version of Media Center are you running, and what is the latest Media Center hotfix that you installed?
  • Hi Astebner
    The version of Media center is Media Center 2005. I am not sure about the latest hotfix donloaded on the system. I performed the following steps to resolve the issue but did not succeed.
    REGEDIT > hkey_current_user > software > software > windows > currentversion > Media Center > settings
    delete settings folder.
    hkey_local_machine > software > microsoft > windows > currentversion > media center > settings
    delete settings folder
    deleted Ehshell.config file from Ehome folder
  • Hi Rayaprolu - Deleting those settings registry hives/folders generally do not help resolve Media Center crashes (at least in my previous experience).  The log files %windir%\ehome\ehshell.crash and %windir%\medctroc.log can be helpful to try to narrow this type of issue down.  You can send them to me at Aaron.Stebner (at) microsoft (dot) com and I will try to take a look and see if I can figure anything out.
  • Hi Dhubbard - You can use the steps at http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2005/10/30/487096.aspx to perform a manual uninstall of the various pieces of Visual Studio 2005.  Hopefully this helps solve the "unable to determine valid ordering" issue you have been experiencing.
  • My Media Center keeps crashing when I try to
    open albums and album cover jpgs.  The
    error says I don't have ntdll.dll but I ran
    a check on my system and I do....I really
    do.  I have tried to Point the Media Center
    to the other ntdl's but it is stubborn and
    will not give up that easily.

    My question is why can't a simple person, or
    simpleton like myself, just go and get some
    dll's and put them where they have gone MIA.
    The error messages tell me where the MIA file is missing from, and it seems only logical that
    you could just replace that dll.

    Anyway, thanx for listening and maybe your
    readers have a solution.


  • Hi Mstuffed - I'm not sure how to explain why this is happening on your system.  Are you able to view your albums and album art in Windows Media Player?  Or does this error only happen in Windows Media Center?  You may want to try to repair Windows XP SP2 on your system and see if that helps here.  I'm sorry I'm not sure what else to suggest.
  • I am trying to install .net 2.0 and i recieve the following error Unexpected error 2352 when installing .net2.0 i have ran your cleanup utility to remove all remaining items from .net 1.0 and 1.1 and i still recieve this error, i have googled it and have found nothing, but i have been tearing through your site and the .net cleanup utility is fantastic it has worked with other issues i have run  into if there is more information you would like me to add please let me know and i can answer any of the questions
  • Hi KJRichmond - This error message sometimes can be caused by the file %windir%\system32\cabinet.dll being missing or corrupted.  You might want to try to repair the latest OS service pack on your system or copy it from %windir%\system32\dllcache to %windir%\system32 and then try to install the .NET Framework 2.0 again and see if that helps here.
  • I'd like to see the .NET 2.0 Deployment Guide updated with ASP.NET information such as selecting specific IIS web sites during installation; configuring COM+ app pools; configuring a virtual directory for .NET 2.0; and SQL Server 2005 database deployment.
  • Hey can you help me in solving this case? I am having large .vhd files (bigger than 3 GB upto 9 GB) and I have to create installer using DVD.. How to do create multi CD/DVD installer using wix when individual files are greater than 8 GB ? How to use media tag ? if any example posted, would be helpful.. Thx
  • I have just decided to take the plunge and start using Vista Media Center. I have a Nova-T-500 Digital Dual TV tuner card that I have tested before under XP2 using Hauppauge WinTV2000 without any issue whatsoever. My experience with Vista is somewhat disappointing so far. I am completely unable to get any TV signal and the EPG does not work. I have to say that I live in Espoo (Finland). Could you please help?
  • Hi Kananga Boy - You may want to try to update your TV tuner drivers and see if that helps resolve this issue.  I would suggest checking first on Windows Update, and if that doesn't help, check on the website for your tuner card manufacturer.  If these do not help, I suggest posting a question on the Windows Media Center for Windows Vista beta newsgroups and look for further advice there.
  • Aaron,

    while trying to upgrade a SharePoint 2007 development VM I 'm stuck with the problem that the VS extensions for WFX and for WWF need build 4203.2 aka .Net 3.0 RC and don't accept the published build 4307 also called .Net 3.0 RC.
    Can you try to clarify and perhaps propose a workaround please?

  • I have seen VS 2005 setup..and it look quite nice..I wanted to know what is the authoring tool used to develop this setup..I think it's Wise .. can WIX create same kind of installer?
  • Hi Vikas_aditya - Visual Studio setup is a chainer written in C++ that installs multiple MSIs behind the scenes.  MSIs themselves can be built using WiX, but the chaining of multiple MSIs requires a separate tool.  There is not currently a chainer that is part of WiX, so you will have to find another technology such as the Visual Studio bootstrapper tool or write your own chainer executable.

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