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Application compatibility warnings when launching Visual Studio 2005 on Windows Vista RC2

Application compatibility warnings when launching Visual Studio 2005 on Windows Vista RC2

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I installed Windows Vista RC2 a couple of weeks ago and started working on some of the remaining issues for the Windows Media Center SDK for Windows Vista.  The first time I launched Visual C# 2005 Express, Visual Basic 2005 Express and Visual Studio 2005, I received a big scary error dialog and I thought that Visual Studio had crashed.  It looks like the following:

However, after I read it more closely, I realized that this is just a Windows application compatibility advisory dialog.  This advisory was added to Windows Vista recently because of some known issues that will be fixed with a future Visual Studio 2005 hotfix package (described in more detail in this blog post).

I wanted to post a message telling you not to panic in case any of you have run into this dialog on Windows Vista RC2 (build 5744.16384).  There are some known issues with running Visual Studio 2005 on Windows Vista (such as this), but many scenarios will work fine.  After I saw this dialog, I checked the Don't show this message again checkbox and launched the IDE and I have not encountered any problems while working on Windows Media Center development scenarios in Visual Basic or Visual C#.

As a side note, this blog post from Rob Mensching inspired me to try out the Windows Live Writer beta for creating blog posts.  This is the first post that I've composed entirely using Windows Live Writer, and I really like what I see so far.  I can already tell I'm going to make heavy use of the Drafts feature to keep track of all of the random ideas I come up with for blog posts so I don't lose track of them.

<update date="9/16/2010"> Fixed broken image link. </update>

 

  • I have heard of a few instances recently where customers have installed Visual Studio 2005 on Windows

  • Recently, a fellow employee contacted me with a question about unattended installation of Visual Studio

  • Question: I have seen some of your previous blog posts (such as this and this ) regarding compatibility

  • I noticed this afternoon that the final release of the Visual Studio 2005 SP1 update for Windows Vista

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