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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


  • I have .NET framework 2.0 and Visual studio 2005 installed. Now I need to compile an application using .NET Framework 1.1. How can I downgrade to 1.1. Should I completely uninstall 2.0 framework. and for that do i also need to uninstall VS 2005?
  • Hi Hillbilly - I understand your viewpoint, but I think that it is overly cynical to make that kind of statement.  I've personally seen multiple cases where non-Microsoft employees have gotten the opportunity to influence the underlying designs of the features that ended up shipping in VS 2005 because they were able to try out builds much earlier and more frequently than in previous versions of VS.

    Hi Jan - You can install VS 2003 and the .NET Framework 1.1 side-by-side with VS 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0.  I have them both installed on my development machine and switch back and forth to the different versions of VS based on what version of the .NET Framework I need to build my app for.  There is also a product named MSBee that will allow you to target the .NET Framework 1.1 when building projects in VS 2005.  You can find more information about that tool at http://www.codeplex.com/Wiki/View.aspx?ProjectName=MSBee.
  • hi..Aaron
    I have a same problem with Melissa in Tuesday, May 16, 2006.I think my error signature also same:

    EventType:visualstudio8setup P1:5647 P2: 8.0.50727.42_rtm_x86_ixp
    P3:msi P4: inst P5: f
    P6: ca_beginhelptransaction. 3643236f_fc70_11d3_a5  P7:- P8:1603
    p6:-  P10:-

    Error report:

    can u share with me what is the real problem, and this important for me..thanks

  • Hi Wanie - The error you are seeing is different than Melissa's.  Yours appears to be failing due to CA_BeginHelpTransaction.  Most of the cases I have seen where that custom action (CA) failed, the user was able to fix it by rebooting and restarting setup again.  Can you please try that and see if it helps in this scenario?
  • Here is my problem:

    I accidentally uninstalled .net framework 2.0.  I tried to remedy this by doing a system restore.  Now some of the software that runs on that framework are having problems.  Mainly my notebook hardware controls won't run.  I downloaded .netframework 2.0 agian and tried to repair and I got an error message saying something about verifying that the patch package exists or contacting microsoft.  I get the same message when I tried to uninstall it again.  I tried all of the tools you have posted but none of them would work either.  Can you help me?
  • Hi Nlc9 - Can you please try to use the .NET Framework removal tool described at http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2006/05/30/611355.aspx to uninstall the .NET Framework 2.0 and then try to install it again and see if that helps solve this problem?
  • Aaron,
    I am having trouble installing the .NET Framework 2.0 with the Error: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 has encountered a problem during setup.  Setup did not complete correctly.
    Error Signature:
    EventType : visualstudio8setup    
    P1 : 183     P2 : 8.0.50727.42_rtm_x86ret
    P3 : msi     P4 : inst    
    P5 : f     P6 : ca_installassemblydef.3643236f_fc70_11d3_a536     P7 : -     P8 : 1603
    P9 : -     P10 : -    

    Error Report Contents:


    I have updated my systems with all available updates.  I'm using Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 with Windows Installer 3.1.  

    I have tried installing .NET separately and still get that same error.  Any ideas?
  • Hi Mike_saifi - Can you please look for a file named %temp%\dd_netfx20msi*.txt and zip and send to me at Aaron.Stebner (at) microsoft (dot) com so I can take a look and see if I can figure anything out?
  • Hi, im having really annoying problems with my Visual Studio 2005 Professional, everything worked fine initially but since then it has said that one or more components cannot be found and it needed to be re-installed, but problem is when i try to run setup.exe from the directory it just never loads, even though i get 50% cpu usage from setup.exe in the task manager. I tried to run it with a selective reboot, with no other services apart from windows and the setup launched, but the install failed and i am now completely lost as to what to do next. any help is appreiciated, thanks, Ruairi.

  • oh, this also happens for the windows update of .NET framework 1.1

  • Hi Ruairi - Can you please try to use the steps listed at http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2005/03/29/403575.aspx to gather a verbose log file for either or both of these scenarios, and then zip and send them to Aaron.Stebner (at) microsoft (dot) com so I can try to take a look?

  • Thanks astebner. It works for me. :)

  • hi Aaron,

    i got this messages when installing .NET framework 2.0

    EventType : visualstudio8setup     P1 : 183     P2 : 8.0.50727.42_rtm_x86ret

    P3 : msi     P4 : inst     P5 : f    

    P6 : ca_installassemblydef.3643236f_fc70_11d3_a536     P7 : -     P8 : 1603

    P9 : -     P10 : -

    I've sent an email to your email containing the error log in %temp%\dd_netfx20msi*.txt .

    Waiting for your reply.


  • Hi Oggix - I looked at the logs you sent, and I'd suggest starting by running the .NET Framework cleanup tool described at http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2006/05/30/611355.aspx and then trying to install the .NET Framework 2.0 again.

    If that doesn't help, you may want to try using the MsConfig tool to disable any non-critical services to see if that will allow setup to succeed.  You can find instructions for doing that at http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2006/11/25/disabling-services-with-msconfig-to-work-around-setup-failures.aspx.

    If none of those help, you will likely need to contact Microsoft Technical Support for more detailed troubleshooting assistance.  You should be entitled to a free support case for setup-related issues such as this, and you can find contact information at http://support.microsoft.com.

    Hopefully this helps.

  • Hi Aaron, I'm finding an error installing .NET 2.0 and recieve the following error report.

    EventType : visualstudio8setup     P1 : 183     P2 : 8.0.50727.42_rtm_x86ret

    P3 : msi     P4 : inst     P5 : f     P6 : installvalidate     P7 : -    

    P8 : 1601     P9 : -     P10 : -    

    I cannot find the dd_netfxmsi*.txt file you require though. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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