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  • Blog Post: ATL Security Update KB971092 still offered on Microsoft Update

    A security update for ATL, KB971092 , is currently offered for Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 customers who have Visual C++ installed. If Microsoft Update is continuously offering this patch to you, you may need to clear up some disk space. The patch is 365MB and contains headers, libraries, and executables...
  • Blog Post: Trouble installing other products after Visual Studio

    Customers have commented that whenever they try to install other products or patches they continually see the following message, Another installation is in progress. You must complete that installation before continuing this one. Customers may also see instances of msiexec.exe or msiexec.exe...
  • Blog Post: Detecting Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1

    The Visual Studio 2008 RTM and SP1 detection keys are largely the same as the Visual Studio 2005 SP1 detection keys , and are documented below. But there is a caveat for released and upcoming versions: the shared detection value can be overwritten by an older installation of the same release. For...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft VS/.NET Log Collection Tool

    Using the Collect Utility If you encounter any setup issues, we will need all relevant logs. Please follow the instructions below to collect all those logs. Download collect.exe from the link below. You may choose to save the tool for later use, or to run directly. The utility creates...
  • Blog Post: Feature Changes in Visual Studio 2008 SP1 may prompt for SQLSysClrTypes.msi

    After installing Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 , adding or removing features from Visual Studio may prompt for the file SQLSysClrTypes.msi with the following text: Setup is looking for file SQLSysClrTypes.msi. Please insert Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite – ENU disk 1 now. The...
  • Blog Post: Repairing Products after Patches Advertised Features

    Windows Installer supports advertising features to enable users to later install those features on demand. But Windows Installer may advertise features in when a component is removed from a feature through obsolescence or supersedence . This will leave the product in a broken state while reporting that...
  • Blog Post: Unadvertise Features

    The attached Windows Script file allows you to unadvertise features in a Windows Installer product by specifying either a ProductCode or the path to an MSP. If any features are advertised - whether incidental or intentional - the product will be reinstalled and those features added locally to your computer...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 SP1 may complain that another patch is installed even after removing it

    If Visual Studio 2008 SP1 prompts you to run the Microsoft Visual Studio Patch removal tool , it means that a patch or product is installed that would cause issues when installing VS2008 SP1. The dialog is shown below. If you run the the patch removal tool and are still seeing this dialog, please follow...
  • Blog Post: Do not repair VS 2008 SP1 from installation media

    If you need to repair Visual Studio 2008 once SP1 has been applied or wish to change which features are installed, you cannot run setup.exe from the original installation media. When you run repair from media you may see an error like, "A problem has been encountered while loading the setup components...
  • Blog Post: VS 2008 SP1 fails to install because of missing packages from the cache

    Some customers are reporting that Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is failing to install with the following error in the HTML log you can view from the error dialog. Patch (C:\Users\heaths\AppData\Local\TEMP\WebDesignerCore_KB950278.msp) install failed on product (Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007). Msi...
  • Blog Post: Setup.bin is probably not a Trojan horse

    Some virus scanning application have been reporting that setup.bin is a Trojan horse containing one of the following viruses: Win32:Trojan-gen Win32:Trojan-gen {Other} Backdoor.Win32.VB.ffx This file is typically installed to C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A\Bootstrapper\Engine\setup.bin...
  • Blog Post: ISA Proxy Client may be required to download VS 2008 SP1

    If you're on a network that uses Microsoft ISA Server or another proxy server, you may have problems downloading Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 . The error dialog displays the following. The installation failed with the follow message: Fatal error during installation. Click the Finish button to exit...
  • Blog Post: VS 2008 SP1 Beta must be removed prior to installing the release of VS 2008 SP1

    When I announced that Visual Studio 2008 SP1 RTM will install over SP1 beta , we were on track to make that reality. However, when SP1 beta shipped we found that adding new components into existing features was causing a prompt for source for non-default installations of Visual Studio 2008. To fix this...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 Released

    Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1, and Team Foundation Server 2008 Service Pack 1 have been released . This is a big release on the heals of SQL Server 2008 which has a dependency on .and includes NET Framework 3.5 SP1. This is a big release with many new...
  • 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: Enable BITS Logging

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 uses a new bootstrap application that chains several packages together for a seamless installation experience. Because VS2008 SP1 contains a lot of fixes and new features, it is also quite large - almost 3 times as large as VS2005 SP1 . To download all this...
  • Blog Post: KB944899 Should be Removed before Installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1

    Before installing Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 , you should first uninstall KB944899 , a hotfix which improves performance when stepping through source downloaded from a source server. If KB944899 is not removed prior to Visual Studio 2008 SP1, sometime during the middle of installation an error...
  • Blog Post: The Release of Visual Studio 2008 SP1 will Install over SP1 Beta

    One of many improvements made to Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 is that VS 2008 SP1 Beta customers will not need to uninstall SP1 Beta before installing the release of SP1. The same is true for Visual Studio 2008 Express products and .NET 3.5 SP1 - both of which are complete upgrades to older products...
  • Blog Post: How to Download all of Visual Studio 2008 SP1

    Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 is comprised of multiple packages, including executables, installer packages, and patches. Compare this with Visual Studio 2005 SP1 which was a single patch wrapped in an executable. A lot of updates were made to both the .NET Framework and VS 2008 - along with changes...
  • Blog Post: Changes for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (Beta) has been released to web , along with Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (Beta). Included as part of .NET 3.5 SP1 are Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 (Beta) and Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 2 (Beta). Visual Studio 2008...
  • 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...
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