The hassle of installing VS 2008 1


… or rather: good things come to those who wait. 

Yesterday, I planned to install Visual Studio 2008 on a Vista machine. Sounds like not much of a challenge, but the problem was that I previously installed VS 2008 Beta2. I knew that there might be things to consider, so I followed Scott Guthrie’s blog post where he describes all necessary steps to uninstall VS 2008 Beta2 before installing the VS 2008 Final Release. During uninstall everything went just fine. So, I started VS 2008 setup. It first installed .NET Framework 3.5 which seemed to be okay. But then suddenly the setup stopped without any reason or error message.

I immediately tried to search for possible problems with VS 2008, vista, etc. One of the suggestions was to install .NET Framework 3.5 manually by downloading the full setup from Microsoft. I tried this without any luck, but luckily I now got an error message saying:

Installation failed for component Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0SP1

Interesting … why does it try to install SP1 for .NET Framework 3.0? Okay, I found out that SP1 for 3.0 is included in .NET Framework 3.5.

But, why does it fail? I then tried to install SP1 for .NET Framework 3.0 manually, without any luck. I really could not find a possible solution to the issue. It was just some kind of serendipity that I noticed the knowledge base number KB929300 for SP1 of .NET Framework 3.0. I checked up my already installed updates and found out that this update is already installed.

I uninstalled this update and tried to install .NET Framework 3.5 again. Here you go … now I was able to install it. I then started VS 2008 setup again and everything worked just fine.

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  • hel

    Hi,Same problem here.I tried installing >net framework 3.5 seperately.but now the installation hangs at installing Microsoft Visual Studio Web Authoring component.System ConfigDell 1525 SEVista Home Premium.SQL server 2005 is already installed.No other vs .net versions are installed.