Problem Installing Expression Web on Windows Vista with Office 2007?

Problem Installing Expression Web on Windows Vista with Office 2007?

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Although I love our Expression Web product, especially for its CSS editing capabilities, I wouldn't consider myself an expert. I've used it to create some simple web pages and to edit the look-and-feel of my blog. But, over the past couple of weeks, two people have contacted me about problems installing Expression Web on their Windows Vista machines with Office 2007.

If you take a look at the ReadMe, you'll see that: "You need to uninstall any pre-release version of the Microsoft Office 2007 system such as the Beta before installing Expression Web." Those instructions seem pretty clear. However, the two people who contacted me had "clean" systems that had been built from the ground up with the RTM versions of both Windows Vista and Office 2007. There were clearly no prior beta versions hanging around.

After a bit of digging, it seems that if you have a version of the 2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS installed, this may be the culprit. In both cases, by performing an uninstall on this add-in via the Control Panel, and then installing Expression Web, everything works okay. You can even re-install the Office 2007 add-in when you're done.

I can't find a knowledge base article on this issue, so I can't be 100% sure that it will solve the problem in all cases, but so far, I'm two for two. Please leave feedback if this helps your situation.

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  • Having all of those user feedback features built into the installers helping MS find these problems before the get out into the wild?

  • Ya, but MS will tell us that we are using BETA software or something.

    I have the same issue.

    The funny thing is installing programs is not a BETA concpet nor should the install program be BETA the accual software is. Is the whole concept of installing software still under BETA and as the previous poster mentions that is why MS still needs all this feedback. They have yet to get it correct?

    I think in addition to that it is the install program trying to install shared binary components. Which may be installed by another application.

    The problem is MS is still sharing binary code between products. Instead like VS2008 web designer and Expression Web share the code not the binary. Crearte two seperate DLLs for the two seperate products.

    Why would my binary install of Office cause problems for Expression Web. And/Or visa versa.

    I would just ask MS to stop this practice. I had a problem installing SQL 2005 because of the same issue. Soming with  OWC 11 and web components. Then compound that with MS not wanting to help becuase then it exposes weekness in share binary code.

    Do a google search on this:

    sql 2005 owc11

  • Also begs the question that if someone builds an applicaiton using the Office tools will that application eventually run into the same problems. Are we going to see other third party applications using Office Tools not install or attempt to re-install office every time you run the application. Might be a good idea to set the "copy to local" for Office Assemblies when building .net application with Office Tools.

  • Well just to throw a cat among the pigeons I have a another scenario.

    Same problem different solution.

    I tried 3 times to install Ex Web 2.

    Each time it showed a successful install but when I tried to start the software it tried to configure and told me it could not find an msi file.

    I followed all the advice I could find with no joy. I did not have save to pdf installed on my system.

    So on a wing and a prayer I dug deeper in to the "warez / hacker" sites out there and was surprised at what I found.

    To cut it short.

    The reason you can not install expression is simple.

    Reason 1. Office is installed on multiple systems using the same product key. Expression Web does not recognise corporate keys and so it fails validation.

    Reason 2. You are trying to install a RC (release candidate) that has expired. (this is common for downloads from P2P sites.

    Reason 3. You have previously installed Expression Studio Trial and even after removal Ex Web recognises this and will fail.

    Reason 4. Your Windows and / or Office / Expression software is pirated or has been pirated and somebody else has installed and registered it before you did.

    My solution: Even though I have legitimate software with receipt and proof of purchase somebody out there has obtained a key that is the same as my real one and activated and registered Expression Web before I installed.

    All I got from MS was sorry you will have to purchase a ney product key.

    So I am going back to Dreamweaver.


  • The installation program can't find the required set up controller file.  Please where can I find a clean file

  • I cannot install WE2 in a fresh Vista 64 system. The disk just stalls. I do not have Office 2007.

    I used on my old XP Pro system and it worked fine.

    Any help with this problem would be most appreciated as I paid for the software - retail.


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