About Windows Installer, the .NET Framework, and Visual Studio.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, now available for MSDN subscribers and Express editions freely available to everyone, is a huge application. It takes a while to install and, in the case of Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1, a long time to patch. Installing or patching multiple copies of shared components can be time-consuming. So if you've installed Visual Studio 2008 already and want to install Team Foundation Client (TFC) you can avoid having to install Visual Studio 2008 Premier Partner Edition (PPE) and save time, though disk space savings are minimal since almost all the PPE files were already installed with VS and a patch to either is cached only once.
Note: the following instructions are not officially supported by Microsoft. If you make a mistake, please simply run TFC\setup.exe from your original installation media.
There are alternatives from changing all the Install* values under [gencomp135] to 0, to installing just the vs_setup.msi from an elevated command prompt; however, in the latter case you get neither pre-requisites nor the ability to send anonymous feedback to Microsoft, which honestly does help us make better decisions for future deployment.
If you do simply want to deploy vs_setup.msi for TFC, make sure you run the following from an elevated command prompt:
msiexec.exe /i vs_setup.msi /l*vx "%TEMP%\tfcmsi.log" NOVSUI=1
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