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  • Blog Post: Suggestions for resolving installation errors for .NET Framework security update MS09-061

    I have heard from several people over the past week or so who have had problems getting the recently released .NET Framework security update (MS09-061) to install correctly on their system when it is offered to them by Windows Update or Microsoft Update.  This blog post will describe what this type...
  • Blog Post: Steps that might help fix Windows Update errors and a blank Windows Features dialog in Windows Vista

    Over the holidays, I was asked by a friend to look at a problem they were running into on their Windows Vista system. They were unable to connect to Windows Update and check for updates and received a cryptic error message. After a few minutes of poking around on the system, I recognized a common set...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework Setup Verification Tool User's Guide

    .NET Framework Setup Verification Tool User's Guide Introduction This .NET Framework setup verification tool is designed to automatically perform a set of steps to verify the installation state of one or more versions of the .NET Framework on a computer. It will verify the presence of files, directories...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework Cleanup Tool User's Guide

    .NET Framework Cleanup Tool User's Guide Introduction This .NET Framework cleanup tool is designed to automatically perform a set of steps to remove selected versions of the .NET Framework from a computer. It will remove files, directories, registry keys and values and Windows Installer product...
  • Blog Post: Updated: what to do if other .NET Framework setup troubleshooting steps do not help

    A while back, I posted a set of instructions that can be used to try to resolve .NET Framework installation issues in case other troubleshooting steps listed on my blog, in knowledge base articles or elsewhere do not work. Those steps are out of date now because several new versions of the .NET Framework...
  • Blog Post: Disabling services with MSConfig to work around setup failures

    I was talking recently with a colleague who works on the .NET Framework setup and Windows Installer technical support team here at Microsoft. He told me about a set of steps that his team typically has customers try when they call in to report failed installations. I wanted to post these steps here in...
  • Blog Post: Solving setup errors by using the SubInACL tool to repair file and registry permissions

    A while back, I wrote a blog post about a .NET Framework 2.0 beta 2 installation problem that was caused by incorrect access control list (ACL) permissions on some registry hives. In that post, I described how to use a tool in the Windows Resource Kit named SubInACL to reset file and registry ACLs to...
  • Blog Post: How to uninstall an application when it does not appear in Add/Remove Programs

    One of the questions I commonly receive from customers is how to uninstall a product when there is no entry created for that product in the Add/Remove Programs control panel. I get asked this question about a lot of different MSI-based setups and OS hotfixes, particularly from people who are trying to...
  • Blog Post: Using MsiInv to gather information about what is installed on a computer

    As I was reading one of the posts on Quan To's new blog , I noticed that someone posted a link to a tool named msiinv.exe on their tools page. This tool (which stands for MSI Inventory) wraps some of the publicly documented MSI APIs to provide information about the state of all Windows Installer products...
  • Blog Post: Help me help you if you have setup bugs

    I've gotten some email questions from customers about setup failures that they've seen on their computers. Some of them are 1935 errors that match some of the previous blog posts I've written, some are .NET Framework errors, and some are general problems getting some program installed. I cannot guarantee...
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