Thoughts about setup and deployment issues, WiX, XNA, the .NET Framework and Visual Studio
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Every once in a while, I hear from a customer who is trying to install a hotfix or service pack for the .NET Framework 1.0 or 1.1, but who encounters a crash when double-clicking the setup .exe for the hotfix or service pack. In some of those cases, the troubleshooting steps in this previous blog post are helpful, but in other cases, none of those steps help either.
When those other troubleshooting steps don't help, I typically suggest that the customer try to extract the Windows Installer patch package (*.msp) from the setup .exe and then try to install the .msp file directly.
Here are some sample steps that can be used to extract the .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 .msp file and install it directly:
Here are some sample steps that can be used to extract the KB928366 hotfix for the .NET Framework 1.1 .msp file and install it directly: