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Introducing the Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 Setup Troubleshooting Guide

Introducing the Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 Setup Troubleshooting Guide

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I've talked to a few folks who work at Microsoft who have resolved issues installing the final release of Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 using some of my previous blog posts.  I realized that I've posted quite a few random tips and tricks for getting beta uninstall to work and final release setup to work over the past few weeks and months, and I usually know exactly where to find them and when they are applicable.  Unfortunately, the searching mechanism for MSDN blogs is not perfect, so it sometimes can be hard for others to find the information they need to resolve their setup issues.

As a result, I decided to post a new article that can serve as a central collection point for all of these tips and tricks.  You can click on the link to view the Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 Setup Troubleshooting Guide.

As I create new blog posts, I will update this central article as well in order to try to make it as easy as possible to find information about Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 setup issues.

 

  • Setup for the Express editions is... much less than what would be ideal. :)

    Kudos to the Express team(s) for leveraging a neat API, BITS, for download. But unfortunately, BITS doesn't work under RunAs (by design!) and so Express requires an interactive login. (Same thing for Windows Update, post SP2.)

    And there is also the issue of Registration. I got an access code (while still logged in as Administrator). After the installation was finished, I went back to my normal nonadmin account and tried to register it. No go; the code is invalid.

    Of course I can understand registration requiring administrative access (a former shareware product I had written used to have the same requirement). But the error message should be to that effect, not that the code's invalid.

    Entering the code while as admin works great. But when back as my standard user, it still says its unregistered...

    So, lots of room for improvement :)
  • A link to Aaron Stebner's troubleshooting guide for Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 setup (and patching).

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