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Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 Setup Troubleshooting Guide

Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 Setup Troubleshooting Guide

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Where to get Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0

Uninstalling previous beta versions of Visual Studio 2005, the .NET Framework 2.0 and SQL Express

Resolving problems encountered while uninstalling previous betas

Resolving problems that can be encountered while installing the final release of Visual Studio 2005 or the .NET Framework 2.0

Resolving package load failures after installing the final release of Visual Studio 2005

Resolving other problems that can be encountered after installing the final release of Visual Studio 2005 or the .NET Framework 2.0

Resolving problems encountered while installing Visual Studio 2005 SP1

How to get help if none of the above help


  • Why it is so messy the process of installing/uninstalling Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005?
    I trully like all new features of both products but all this issues with the installation and stabillity speed down the process of migrating to them. How could Microsoft release this products when you all know they are still in very beta stage?
  • Hi Ivan - The install and uninstall process is definitely not perfect, but I think it has evolved well over the course of the product cycle into a reliable installation process (thanks in large part to beta testers who were willing to try out the early versions). Most of the problems I have seen have arisen from interaction issues between previous beta versions and the final released version because of bugs that shipped in the betas but that have been fixed in later builds.

    I encourage you to report any bugs and suggestions that you see with the final version of VS 2005 and SQL 2005 on the product feedback site (http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/productfeedback). The product teams see every one of the bugs/suggestions reported there, and you can take a look at http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2005/08/28/457416.aspx for an example of a hard-to-reproduce bug in .NET Framework setup that was found and fixed solely due to the bugs reported on the product feedback site.

  • Hi, I am a long time VS user and I am really surprised, if not shocked, with the setup problem with the Document Explorer. Other people have suggested stoping non-MS services, updating msi31 and running dotnetfx.exe but none worked for me. I was doing a fresh installing of the final VS 2005 on XP. I'd bet you guys rushed a little this time.
  • Hi Phil - I'm very sorry for the hassles that you're running into. Can you please send me the log files named %temp%\dd_dexplore80*.txt from this machine so I can take a look? You can send them to aaronste@microsoft.com.

  • Hello astebner - I want to ask you a question.
    How to install .net framework 2.0 final release in a machine in which Visual Studio 2005 beta 2 was installed.
  • Hi John - You will need to uninstall the VS 2005 beta 2 version by using the steps listed at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/support/uninstall/default.aspx or by using the uninstall tool available from that page.  After doing that, you should be able to download and install the final release of the .NET Framework 2.0 from http://msdn.microsoft.com/netframework/downloads/updates/default.aspx.
  • can we integrate third party controls in Beta versions of .net 2005
  • Hi Rajesh - It depends on what the 3rd party control supports.  Some of them were developed during the beta cycle of VS 2005 and they chose to support VS 2005 beta versions.  Some of them only support the final release of VS 2005.  Either way, I encourage you to use the final release of VS 2005 now that it has shipped instead of continuing to use the beta version.
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  • Hi Aaron,

    Im having problems installing the MS Visual studionweb developer express 2005.

    I went to the Auto-Uninstall Tool and it said I had sqlserver 2005 beta tools express edition installed. I tried to remove it using the auto tool but got the error:

    The XML page cannot be displayed

    Cannot view XML input using XSL style sheet. Please correct the error and then click the Refresh button, or try again later.

    Reference to undefined entity 'nbsp'. Error processing resource 'file:///C:/DOCUME~1/Lee/LOCALS~1/Temp/IXP000.TMP/failed.xs...

                               &nbsp; <!-- div id="RPCreated" style="display:none">

    Any idea how to fix this?
    If I try to remove manually, it is not registered in the add/remove programs.


  • Hi Friendlycoder - I have heard of a few instances of this type of error but have not been able to figure out a root cause.  You may need to use the Add/Remove Programs entries to remove the previous beta versions instead of relying on the automated tool.  You can find a list of which products need to be uninstalled and in what order they need to be uninstalled in at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/support/uninstall/default.aspx#manual.

    If you have trouble uninstalling any of those products, you can use steps like the ones I posted at http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2005/10/30/487096.aspx to locate it and forcibly remove it.
  • Downloaded VS2005 Team Suite (3 .exe files). Burned CDs.

    First CD starts installing VS and then asks for the first CD - "Please insert the disk: Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for:...dotnetfx.exe"

    I can't seem to feed the beast.  What gives? CD Volume names? Stupid user error?


  • Hi Gary - This could be a volume label issue.  You need to make sure that your VSTS CDs are labeled VSVSTSD1, VSVSTSD2, and VSVSTSD3.  Can you check and see if things work better with those specific volume labels?
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