Misc

Got Vista Installed

I’ve finally installed Vista on my PC! It wasn’t a trouble free installation though.

IT is always good to have a clean out of old stuff from time to time, so I took this opporunity to blow away the cobwebs of my old XP installation so during the installation I reformatted the partition where my XP installation was and started everything from scratch.

Unfortunately the installation only got so far before it just quit.  Basically, the installation has to reboot a few times during the install and on the first reboot it got itself into a bit of a fankle and just quit. When I tried to reboot again it gave me the option of booting into safe mode. So, I tried that and it said that it couldn’t continue the installation in safe mode.

A friend of mine , John Thomson, runs Roundtrip Solutions (an IT support company) and I emailed him just in case he’d heard anything about this. After checking the usual things (I have an ATI Radeon 9700 PRO graphics card) he suggested that my second monitor might be confusing it and that I should unplug it for the installation. So, I did that and the installation got further than before.

My next problem was that it obviously checks the capabilities of the hardware and sent a signal to my monitor (a Philips Brilliance 200W) that the monitor couldn’t cope with. The monitor detects this and puts up a wee message to say that it can’t cope with the signal and what its display capabilities are. Unfortunately it doesn’t remove the message once the signal has been corrected. I thought that the installation had messed up again.

So, a new attempt at installation was made, but this time I’d discovered that I have to “reboot” the monitor, so to speak. When the invalid signal came through I turned the monitor off and waited a few seconds before turning it on again. It came back to live and the installation continued without any more problems.

Once installation had completed I plugged the second monitor in again and extended the desktop to it. It works fine now. I’ve got the fireworks at the end of a winning game of Mahjong playing on the second monitor, Media Player playing my CD collection (which took about 30 seconds to reimport from my second hard disk). Shortly I’ll be installing Visual Studio and Office – Then we’ll see just how much stuff this can cope with at once. While I was running Windows XP it was typical for me to have a dozen web pages open, an Office application or two, Visual Studio 2005, Media Player, countless explorer windows and goodness knows what else running.

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NOTE: This entry was resued from the Google Cache. The original date was Saturday, 14th April, 2007

Misc

Visual Studio 2005 on Vista

I’ve got Visual Studio 2005 installed on Vista – It wasn’t the trouble free installation I’d hoped for. I had to go through the installation cycle twice.

On the first attempt it got so far and then informed me that that it couldn’t continue due to “known compatibility issues” and that I had to install SP1 and then the Vista Update in order to get it to work. It directed me to a knowledge base article that seemed to assume that VS2005 was already installed. (At this point I’m actually still trying to get it installed)

After reading through the article and downloading the service pack and vista update I waited for the installation to continue. It didn’t. After a very long while it was obvious that it had hung somewhere. I managed to stop the installer and check the “Programs and Features” control panel applet (this is the replacement for the old “Add Remove Programs”) and Visual Studio was listed along with Microsoft Document Explorer 2005. So, it looked like something had installed.

I figured at this point, given no guidance on how to actually install Visual Studio 2005 on Vista that I should just install the service pack and vista update on what ever was there and see what happens.

After installing the Visual Studio 2005 SP1 and the Visual Studio 2005 Update for Vista I launched Visual Studio. I got some very odd error message about not being able to load a J# add in. It was odd because I’d removed J# from the installation options. It asked if I’d prefer that add in not to be loaded again. I accepted that advice and VS2005 started up.

It was obvious that the installation was still somewhat broken so I went back to the “Programs and Features” and selected “Uninstall/Change” from the context menu on the Microsoft Visual Studio. I was then able to repair the installation. The repair process completed successfully. Just in case it put anything back the way it was I re-ran the installer for the service pack and vista update. They both seemed to run successfully.

I’ve now written a very simple hello world application to satisfy myself that VS seems to have installed reasonably okay. It worked and I’m happy.

If I find a guide that proposes a better solution than the one I cobbled together I’ll post it here so others may benefit. (And me, if I ever have to reinstall)

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NOTE: This entry was rescued from the Google Cache. The original date was Sunday, 15th April, 2007.