Visual studio 2005 vista permissions issues

The Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista addresses issues that are related to Windows Vista enhancements. This article lists known issues with the installation of the Visual Studio Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista and with its features.

In order to build Web projects Team Build must have permissions to compile ASP.NET apps. The current Team Build setup configures these permissions via a call to aspnet_regiis. On Windows Vista this call fails when IIS is not present and this causes setup to fail and perform a roll-back. Customer must install IIS before installing Team Build. Since IIS is not necessary they may uninstall it after Team Build is installed.

Visual Studio Express Editions use the BITS service to download the install packages. Anyone attempting the install will need to give elevate administrator permissions to the setup utility to run it. However these elevated permissions do not flow onto BITS so the download fails when a standard user runs as admin.Manually download the install files as described here or run the install from an account with administrative permissions.

All Visual Studio products will fail to install with an error message saying “You need to install Windows XP SP2 before you install Visual Studio”. This happens due to the way detection logic is structured. We do not recommend installing VS in compatibility mode and there is no workaround to this scenario.

After upgrading to Windows Vista, various project templates in the New Project dialog may be missing.Open an command prompt with elevated administrator permissions and run the command “devenv.exe /installvstemplates.”

When a corporation deploys Visual Studio to their developer desktops using the Active Directory deployment scenario (as described here) the setup will fail because it tries to install the .NET Framework 2.0 which is already installed on Windows Vista.Manually remove the check for the .NET Framework as documented in Section 5.3 of the Enterprise Network Deployment Readme.

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Activate items in visual studio toolbox

You might meet these questions in visual studio toolbox, and the items are not shown properly:

  • My code works if Visual Studio is already opened when my code executes.
  • My code works fine when executed outside of an installation project. 
  • If my code is executed from an installation project and Visual Studio is not opened, then ToolBox item is not added. I’ve added a "MessageBox" during the process and I can confirm that devenv.exe *is* executed. 


If you have any trouble using the toolbox items in visual studio, just delete the hidden files:

toolbox.tbd, toolbox_reset.tbd, toolboxIndex.tbd, toolboxIndex_reset.tbd


<drive>:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\VisualStudio\<VS version>


C:\Documents and Settings\JAVIER.VILLARREAL\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0

Start Visual Studio, and it will reset the toolbox items in the correct form. following this, you can active items in visual studio toolbox immediately.

VS 2010 and .NET Improvements

VS 2010 and .NET 4 bring a huge number of improvements and additions. They include big advances for ASP.NET web development, WPF and WinForms client development, SharePoint development, Silverlight development, data development, parallel computing development, and cloud computing development.  VS 2010 also delivers a ton of improvements in the core IDE, code editors, programming languages, and enterprise design, architect, and testing tools. 

TFS 2010 is now easy to install (only 20 minutes to setup source control, bug and work item tracking, build automation, and continuous integration), can be installed on both servers as well as client OS and domain controller machines, and is now included with all MSDN subscriptions of Visual Studio.

VS 2010 Product Line SKU Simplifications

With VS 2010 we are simplifying the product lineup and pricing options of Visual Studio, as well as adding new benefits for MSDN subscribers.  With VS 2010 we will now ship a simpler set of SKU options:

  • Visual Studio Express: Free Express SKUs for Web, VB, C#, and C++
  • Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN: Professional development tools as you are used to today with the addition of source control integration, bug tracking, build automation, and more. It also includes 50 hours/month of Azure cloud computing.
  • Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN: Premium has everything in Professional plus advanced development tools (including richer profiling and debugging, code coverage, code analysis and testing prioritization), advanced database support, UI testing, and more.  Rather than buying multiple “Team” SKUs like you would with VS 2008, you can now get this combination of features in one box with VS 2010. It also includes 100 hours/month of Azure cloud computing.
  • Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN: Ultimate has everything in Premium plus additional advanced features for developers, testers, and architects including features like Intellitrace (formerly Historical Debugging), the new architecture tools (UML, discovery), test lab management, etc.  It also includes 250 hours/month of Azure cloud computing.
Side by Side Support with VS 2008

VS 2010 and .NET 4.0 can be installed side-by-side on the same machine as VS 2008 and .NET 3.5.  You can install the Beta 2 version on a machine and it will not impact your existing VS 2008 / .NET 3.5 development.

Go-Live License Available

.NET 4 and VS 2010 Beta 2 include a “go-live” license which means you can start using the products for production projects. 

Microsoft released IIS Media Services 3.0

Microsoft just released IIS Media Services 3.0, a set of extensions for Internet Information Services 7 (IIS) that provide an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform.

This includes the new IIS Live Smooth Streaming and the separate IIS Advanced Logging package.

In addition, Microsoft released the beta of the Smooth Streaming Player Development Kit, which allows developers to easily create Smooth Streaming experiences using Silverlight.   Supported features include PlayReady, DVR controls, instant replay, slow motion, multiple camera angles, alternate audio tracks, content protection, ad integration, in-stream data feeds, and more.

Since April, 2009, key broadcasters around the world have used beta versions of IIS Media Services 3.0 to successfully broadcast some of the world’s premier live events.

These include the Tour de France and the Roland Garros 2009 International French Open Tennis Tournament on France Télévisions; the IAAF Athletics World Championships and FINA Swimming World Championships on both France Télévisions and RAI; the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 on RAI; and Champions League Soccer on BSkyB; as well as events such as the Michael Jackson Memorial on Sympatico/MSN inMusic and SKY News.

In a combined effort with Microsoft, NBC Sports and others, Wimbledon Live delivered more than 6,500 minutes of live and on-demand Smooth Streaming video via a high-definition (HD), interactive online video experience.  Each Sunday this Fall, NBC and Microsoft are broadcasting Sunday Night Football on-line in HD, utilizing live DVR controls, multiple camera angles, slow motion, ad integration, analytics, and other cutting-edge features.  26 such trial deployments are currently highlighted on the Smooth Streaming Showcase.

What’s available now:

With this release, the key elements of the IIS media server platform now include:

· Smooth Streaming, adaptive streaming of media over HTTP

· Live Smooth Streaming, for live adaptive streaming of broadcast events

· Smooth Streaming Player Development Kit, for creating custom clients

· Bit Rate Throttling, meters the speed that media is delivered to a player

· Web Playlists, secure sequencing of media content

· Advanced Logging, with real-time client- and server-side logging

· Application Request Routing (ARR), providing HTTP proxying and caching

Download the latest IIS Media offerings

You can download all of the IIS media server platform components, and the Smooth Streaming PDK, using the Web Platform Installer button on the IIS Media page (