Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta Now Available

Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta Now Available

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As announced on Soma's blog, Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta is available today. You can sign up to download the beta and receive more information about what was fixed. Shortly after you complete the survey to sign up you'll receive an email with a link to the download page where more information – including related KB articles – will be available.

Readers have noticed that Visual Studio 2005 does work okay on Vista, but there are a few issues. One issue is that when installing the product or the service pack, setup may fail. During internal testing some custom actions failed when installing or patching the product because some custom actions weren't marked to not impersonate. I'll describe the problem and resolution in more detail in a separate post, but if you're going to install Visual Studio 2005 SP1 on Vista you should do so as the actual Administrator; otherwise, a small handful of custom actions will impersonate your unprivileged user token when UAC is enabled and may fail like when modifying the environment script, such as sdkvars.bat.

I would also like to point out a new Knowledge Base article based on a previous post, KB925336. If you see the error message like "Error 1718.File D:\WINDOWS\Installer\50baad.msp was rejected by digital signature policy.", please follow the instructions in the KB article.

Please be sure to submit feedback on both your installation experience as well as bugs within the product. If you're looking to see if a specific bug was fixed you can also search the feedback center to view current status.

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  • Thanks for the details, Heath.  

    I've been running VS 2005 on Vista RC1 and I've run into a host of problems.  I sure hope the Vista development scenario gets fixed pronto.
  • Visual Studio 2005 works for the most part on Windows Vista, but there are some known issues being addressed...
  • Matt, please be sure to file bugs against broken functionality like that or they may not get fixed if we don't know about them.
  • > if you're going to install Visual Studio 2005
    > SP1 on Vista you should do so as the actual
    > Administrator

    Does that mean booting to safe mode?

    > may not get fixed if we don't know about them

    They may not get fixed if you do know about them too.  Your colleagues have pretty much proven that time spent submitting bug reports about either Visual Studio or Vista is time wasted.  Though I still let the crash dump sender send its dumps.
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  • Visual Studio 2005 works for the most part on Windows Vista, but there are some known issues being addressed

  • Hi Heath, What are the chances of getting the installer to somehow notify the user if the setup program was NOT started as Admin? Now the installer just stops with not indication of why if it is run as a normal user. bill
  • Bill, we are considering a fix that requires that the patch executable require elevation on Vista. The product requires elevation, but since Sustained Engineering policies in Microsoft require a name for a product or patch like VS80sp1-KB918525-X86-Beta-ENU.exe, Vista doesn't automatically elevate like it would for setup.exe or install.exe. See http://blogs.msdn.com/heaths/archive/2006/06/23/644545.aspx and http://blogs.msdn.com/heaths/archive/2006/09/26/Custom-Actions-under-UAC-in-Vista.aspx for more information.

  • Because some of the custom actions in Visual Studio 2005 are authored to impersonate the non-privileged

  • So during the new year holidays, it's a good time to take some care of current software installations,...

  • crosspost from http://rextang.net/blogs/work/ So during the new year holidays, it's a good time to take

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