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  • Blog Post: Why Windows Installer May Require so much Disk Space

    Windows Installer is an engine for performing transactional installations. When installing a product for the fist time, most often few or no files to be installed are already present on the machine. But when upgrading or patching a product, most often those files are replaced so copies must be kept if...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio and .NET Log Collection Utility

    Setup and deployment is a tricky business. Machines can be in many different and often unforeseen states that cause setup to fail. But rarely will setup actually crash, and that is why setup logs are vital to diagnose install, repair, and uninstall problems. Setup applications for Visual Studio and...
  • Blog Post: Progress for New Patches

    You asked. We answered. One source of problems for Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 was that VS 2005 SP1 targeted multiple products, and if you had multiple target products installed - most commonly Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 that uses our IDE - multiple instances of dialogs would spawn...
  • Blog Post: Unchanged Files Break Patch Uninstall

    I've discussed a couple different reasons that Windows Installer 3.0-style patches - those with the MsiPatchMetadata table in the patch package itself - might not be uninstallable. I explained another reason in a discussion about the new patch build support in Windows Installer XML (WiX) v3 recently...
  • Blog Post: Hotfix Published for KB925336

    When installing Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 , users may see an error that reads, Error 1718.File D:\WINDOWS\Installer\50baad.msp was rejected by digital signature policy. I've published instructions to work around this issue using either the Management Console snap-in or the registry , the...
  • Blog Post: VS 2005 SP1 Update for Vista Requires VS 2005 SP1

    If you're attempting to install the Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista without having installed Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 first on all applicable products, you will receive Windows error 1642, which reads, The installer cannot install the upgrade patch because the program...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista Available

    As Aaron notes , the Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista is available on the download center. This patch is available for all supported languages of Visual Studio 2005, unlike the beta which was available in English and Japanese. You should first uninstall the beta update for Vista...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 is Hot – Maybe too Hot

    Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 is a big release with many fixes and lots of new features. But with several known issues related to its size, SP1 is a hot issue - maybe a little too hot. A couple of customers were encountering a problem while when installing VS 2005 SP1 their laptops would reset...
  • Blog Post: KB925336 Updated with Better Workaround

    When installing Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 , users may see an error that reads, Error 1718.File D:\WINDOWS\Installer\50baad.msp was rejected by digital signature policy. While the filename will be different, the result is that the patch will not install. We first ran into this problem with...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Rollback Breaks Some Applications

    When installing Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 , there are a number of errors that might occur due to insufficient disk space . You might see an error like the following that reads, Error 1307.There is not enough disk space to install this file: D:\WINDOWS\Symbols\dll\mfc80d.IA64.pdb. Free some...
  • Blog Post: Workaround for Error 2902 with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System

    When installing Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 on Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System, you might see an error that reads, The installer has encountered an unexpected error installing this package. This may indicate a problem with this package. The error code is 2902...
  • Blog Post: How to Safely Delete Orphaned Patches

    If Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 fails to install, you might find additional .msp files under %WINDIR%\Installer for each failed attempt. You should not simply delete these patches , however, because if one of the patches was applied successfully to one target product, deleting that patch will cause...
  • Blog Post: The Patch Cache and Freeing Space

    When you install a patch using Windows Installer, the .msp file is cached in the %WINDIR%\Installer directory. This accounts for some of the space required by Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 . A single patch is cached only once regardless to how many products the patch applies . Starting with Windows...
  • Blog Post: Known Issues with Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1

    There are several known issues when installing Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 . I've documented these below and, when possible, have included workarounds and status on any pending fixes. Contents Error 1718.File '...' was rejected by digital signature policy Install Rolls Back and Breaks...
  • Blog Post: Workaround for Error 1718

    When installing Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 , you may see an error like the following (file name will vary): Error 1718.File D:\WINDOWS\Installer\50baad.msp was rejected by digital signature policy. Knowledge Base article 925336 had originally documented instructions using the Local Security...
  • Blog Post: The Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Installation Experience

    Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 can take a long time to install and may apply to multiple products on your machine, appearing to install multiple times. This is a large service pack and installs a lot of files, fixing many issues and adding several new features to over 200 Visual Studio 2005 editions...
  • Blog Post: Uninstall Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta before Installing the Release

    Before installing the release of Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 , you must uninstall the Service Pack 1 Beta . If you do not uninstall the beta first, you will receive the following message localized appropriately for Windows, "The upgrade patch cannot be installed by the Windows Installer service...
  • Blog Post: Detecting Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1

    Now that Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 is released, it can be detected programmatically in various ways. Registry detection is recommended for ease and is less impacted by future changes to the product installation. Because there are many different Visual Studio 2005 editions and service pack 1 patch...
  • Blog Post: Slipstreaming Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1

    Now that Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 is released, some are wondering how to slipstream the patch so they can install Visual Studio 2005 with SP1 already applied. Much of this process is standard practice for Windows Installer packages. Please note this will require a lot of disk space, as you...
  • Blog Post: Save Time and Space for VS 2005 SP1 by Disabling the Patch Cache

    The upcoming Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 can take a while to install and can require a lot of disk installed, and even more disk space while installing the patch. You can save a little of both by disabling the Windows Installer patch caching feature. Before doing so, understand that this patch...
  • Blog Post: Mitigating Custom Action Problems for Patches on Vista

    Because some of the custom actions in Visual Studio 2005 are authored to impersonate the non-privileged token of the invoking user on Vista, a mitigation has been checked in for the patch wrapper that is used to add additional compression for the patch and to patch multiple products, if present, without...
  • Blog Post: VS 2005 SP1 Tries to Install Multiple Times

    Some customers are reporting that Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta tries to install multiple times. There are a couple of actions that can reproduce this issue. First, because the SP1 patch is so large, it takes a while for wrapper to extract it. You can verify this by watching the working memory...
  • Blog Post: VS 2005 SP1 Requires a lot of Disk Space

    Quite a few beta customers have reported that the Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta install requires a lot of space. This is by design a feature of Windows Installer. The amount of space required to install the patch can be reduced but a lot of space is still consumed after the patch is installed...
  • Blog Post: VS 2005 SP1 Takes a While to Install

    One of the most-reported feedback issues with Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta is about how long it takes to install. There are, unfortunately, a couple things that account for this and currently nothing we can do to prevent them. We have been considering options to at least inform the users what...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Patch Applicability Browser

    Today I'm pleased to announce that Sara has helped me post a useful tool I wrote to help eliminate confusion to which products a patch applies and which of those products are installed on your system. There has been quite a bit of confusion because there are a lot of Visual Studio editions , and the...
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