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Recently, we've heard from a few people via the Creators Club forums who have had trouble getting XNA Game Studio setup to run correctly. In a few cases, such as in this forum post, the setup program (named bootstrapper.exe) will crash shortly after double-clicking on the setup package to launch it.
If you run into this type of issue with XNA Game Studio 2.0 or 3.0 setup, you can use the following set of steps to bypass bootstrapper.exe and install the pieces of XNA Game Studio manually.
Update - now that XNA Game Studio 3.1 has shipped, I have created a new blog post with steps to manually install XNA Game Studio 3.1 in case anyone needs them.
To manually install XNA Game Studio 3.0
To manually install XNA Game Studio 2.0
If you end up running into this type of crash, before you proceed with one of the above workarounds, please collect a call stack with Visual Studio or Visual C# Express Edition and report a bug on the Connect site so that we can investigate it further.
<update date="5/15/2009"> Added instructions to skip installing some of the MSIs depending on what edition(s) of Visual Studio are installed on the system. </update>
<update date="6/12/2009"> Added a link to a new blog post about how to manually install XNA Game Studio 3.1. </update>