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21/05/2008 / dimarzionist

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 installation experience

I spent whole day fighting system on laptop I’ve obtained to correspond requirements of Visual Studio 2008 SP1. So I want to put some of ideas about this process here.

FYI: This laptop has Vista Business N installed and configured to receive and install all Microsoft Updates automatically and was constantly connected to internet.

First of all you should install .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 beta. As I know there are no special relations and requirements to installed soft. In fact I haven’t any problems with this installation.

Then it’s reasonable to install all available updates. In my case some updates inside Vista Service Pack 1 were critical for VS2008 SP1 beta installation.

After this step most insteresting part begins, you should unistall all system components and developer tools which are not compatible with VS2008 SP1 beta and its installation utility cannot help you even with list of conflicts. So the most helpful doc I’ve found is SP1 Beta Readme.

So if your system is configured on standard manner and you have the same conditions you should unistall these components:

  • KB949325 (listed under the version of Visual Studio 2008) – Silverlight tools
  • Silverlight Tools Beta 1
  • SQL Publishing Wizard 1.2 (in some cases it’s not required to uninstall this one, but there’re can be conflicts with VS2008 in future)
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