Monday, October 10, 2005

Install Instructions for WinFX CTP and VS2005 Beta2

Came across a very nice article on how to install WinFX CTP and VS2005 Beta2. The summary of the steps:

Off the web - How to get a WPF development box going (order matters) if you are downloading everything from the web.

1. Operating System Required - Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista 5219 (not Windows Vista beta1!)

UPDATE3: Another important issue that Gerald Beuchelt ran into: When trying to install the VS2005 Beta 2 on Vista, it constantly failed and the installation stopped with an error when trying to install the MSXML 6.0 component. The solution is to install the MSXML 6.0 parser before you install VS 2005 Beta 2. The installer can be found in the VS directory in the subfolder wcu\msxml.

2. WinFx CTP installation
This installs WinFX on the machine...end users will need this done.
WPF (fka "Avalon"), WCF (fka "Indigo"), and .NET Framework 2.0 all get installed with an integrated setup.

3. Visual Studio (Beta 2!!!) (or you can also install Visual Basic Express or VC# Express - just make sure it is "Beta 2"!) Sorry, there is currently no build of WinFX that is compatible with RC or RTM builds of VS!
Once the install is done, make sure you do step 2 of the VS setup...install Help content - use it offline if you want it to work its best with WinFX SDK content to come later.

4. Windows WinFX SDK
This installs a ton of help content (samples, documentation) and some great tools (xamlpad, etc...)

5. VS Extensions for WinFx
This installs Project Templates and Item Templates for Visual Studio.

For rest of the article please check out Rob Relyea : Getting the PDC CTP of WinFX installed.

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