After a year or so of using Windows Vista, in various Beta’s and then RTM, my PC was in need of a re-format – lots of random errors, and slooow in parts. Too many other beta install’s / uninstall’s.
I was pleasantly surprised (and amazed) at how smoothly & trouble-free the installation was. Thankfully, I’d borrowed a “wired” keyboard, as my Bluetooth wireless KB and mouse wouldn’t have worked during install.
No driver problems, everything detected, was online immediately – just easy.
Although, I did have a blue screen when plugging in my Toshiba Gigabeat MP3 player – had to re-boot, of course. Tried it again (a little nervously) and all worked OK – not sure what happened, but it’s been fine since then.
I started installing some programs – Office-2007, Virtual PC, and so on – all OK so far. Then – I ran into a nasty problem with Visual Studio 2008 Professional.
The installation would proceed for a while, and then show lots of red error flags & warnings – unable to install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 (pre-requisite).
I re-booted, re-tried and still no luck.
Bear in mind that this was a clean, brand-new installation – less than 24 hours old, with all latest updates applied – shouldn’t be a problem.
From some hunting about on Google, I kinda stumbled/guessed upon the notion that one of those updates might actually be the cause of the problem.
I am running Vista 64-bit English, brand new install (only two hours old) and my update settings are to download but notify… NOT install.
Yet, while installing Visual Studio, Windows Update pops up saying I need to reboot for my updates to take affect. I never told it to install anything.
Hotfix for Windows (KB110806)
There’s also some confusion about what this KB (knowledge base) patch or update is actually for.
Anyone know what this update is? The link to MS gives: “The article you are looking for is currently not available”.
It turns out that this particular hotfix is a bit wrong in it’s naming – and it’s actually a service pack, not a hotfix :
…provides cumulative roll-up updates for customer reported issues found after the release of Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.
In addition, this release provides security improvements, and prerequisite feature support for .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 1, and .NET Framework 3.5.
Well – I thought it couldn’t hurt to remove it, right ? *eek*
So – I (bravely) uninstalled this particular “hotfix” – and had to re-boot.
Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Installed Updates
Just locate the KB110806 in the list, and uninstall.
After the re-boot, then installation of Visual Studio 2008 proceeded – and was successful !
And – from looking at the updates list afterwards, it looks like the KB110806 has been re-applied during installation of VS-2008.
Not sure if this affects any Vista-32, or Windows XP installations – but that was the answer for me, at least.
So – having problems with Visual Studio 2008, due to .NET 3.5 ?
Just uninstall KB110806 – and then re-try installing VS-2008.