Thursday, August 14, 2008

VS2008 SP1 Released

Well the time has come and the long awaited VS2008 SP1 has been released to the MSDN subscriptions. I downloaded this and installed I on my main system and want to share my experiences.

  1. The downloads are iso file, so they will have to be burned to a dvd or you will have to use a program to mount the iso files as drives.
  2. After getting things to a dvd, I tried to install the servicepack and it quickly crashed. It died in the VC++ x86 installer. This is strange since I am running Vista Ultimate x64 on my system. So I tried many different things went with my favorite search engine to help. I was not able to find anything useful since the service pack had only been released hours ago.
  3. I finally read the actual log for the install that was failing and figured out that it was saying that it needed to be rebooted. I have been working on a Windows Service that used .NET 3.5 and that could have caused issues as well. So I uninstalled the app and service that I am working on (more on this in a later post) and restarted my laptop.
  4. I then restarted the installer and waited to see what happened. It got past the error I was seeing before. Yea!!!!
  5. Then I waited…. And waited…. I made sure my laptop was set to high performance and it still took about 2 hours to install. The laptop is an AMD TL-64 with 4G of ram so it should not be too slow.
  6. Everything installed fine and I was off to install the MSDN for sp1. Well it was 3am already so I went to bed and let it install overnight, so I do not know how long it takes to install this part.

Everything seems fine so far. I am looking at some .NET code protectors and will see if the ones I am thinking about work with sp1 or not.

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