Category Archives: Best practices

Between a rock and hard place, Windows Installer edition

Like most executable binaries on Windows, Windows Installer databases (.msi-files), can be signed with an X.509 certificate to allow verification of origin and integrity. This is particularly nice on Vista-class Windows systems which during installation show the certificate holder as … Continue reading

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How do I change the language used for MSN Spaces?

Unnoticed by me for a while, MSN Spaces fixed a problem that was bothering me since day 1.   One year after starting this thing I can finally change the language of my space.   Hallelujah.

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Debugging fails in Visual Studio 2003 when using the debug symbol server

To improve your debugging experience, it is advisable to follow the procedure described in http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=311503 using downloads from http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/devtools/debugging/debugstart.mspx.   However, keep in mind (apart from privacy concerns) that looking up symbols from that server takes time. So if you have … Continue reading

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Workaround for msxml3 problems with the Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 SP4

The Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 SP4 installation via Windows Update may leave the files msxml3.dll and msxml3r.dll in the System32 directory with 0 bytes length. This may be caused by network problems during on-demand-loading of patches.   Corrupt … Continue reading

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ISusInternal API failed CClientCallRecorder::DisconnectCall with error 0x8024000c

For .NET 2.0 development I’m working on a VPC image w/ W2K3SP1 as non-admin. From time to time I want to use Windows Update and Office Update. I do that frequently enough so the shortcut stays pinned to the Start … Continue reading

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Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 installation problems

If you install beta 2 over a previous version, you might run into problems, Aaron Stebner has already analyzed and solved for you. In particular, he explains why it might look like the .NET Framework 2.0 did not uninstall at all.

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Chiming in: Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 is out

To save you some time this Sunday/Monday: As Jeff Atwood points out, Team Suite is the SKU you want to download.

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