Visual Studio 2005 Installation Problems

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

OK, I just ended up having to burn one of my MSDN incidents 🙁 because I could not get Visual Studio 2005 to install correctly, so I figured I’d blog the solution so someone else could benefit from it.

The Error

The error message I got simply said that Document Explorer 2005 failed to install.  Tracing the event log I got the following:

Product: Microsoft Document Explorer 2005 — The installer has encountered an unexpected error installing this package. This may indicate a problem with this package. The error code is 2908. The arguments are: {FAA7C2AC-4205-4228-BEB6-6E647CCA9FD2}, ,

followed by:

Product: Microsoft Document Explorer 2005 — Error 1935.An error occurred during the installation of assembly ‘Microsoft.MSXML,Version=”″,PublicKeyToken=”b03f5f7f11d50a3a”,Culture=”neutral”,FileVersion=”8.0.50727.42″,ProcessorArchitecture=”MSIL”‘. Please refer to Help and Support for more information. HRESULT: 0x80131700. assembly interface: , function: CreateAssemblyNameObject, component: {B1BE189C-054D-4195-9C26-49D28C20DE94}

The Solution

The problem was solved by following these steps:

  1. Uninstall .NET 2.0.
    1. Click “Start”.  The Windows Start Menu pops up.
    2. Click “Control Panel”.  The Control Panel windows opens.
    3. Double Click “Add/Remove Programs”.  The Add/Remove Programs window opens and after some period of scanning for applications, presents you with a list of installed applications.
    4. Select the “.NET Framework 2.0” application and select to remove it.
  2. Delete temp files.
    1. Click “Start”.  The Windows Start Menu pops up.
    2. Click “Run”.  The Run command window opens.
    3. Enter “%temp%” and click OK.  This will open your Temp folder.
    4. Press Ctrl+A.  This will select all the files in the folder.
    5. Press Shift+Del to delete all files listed that are not locked.  The delete process may abort on error several times stating that a particular file could not be deleted.  Simply unselect that given file by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking the file and continue the deletion.  In my case there were 2 files that could not be deleted in the end.
  3. Add registry key.
    1. Click “Start”.  The Windows Start Menu pops up.
    2. Click “Run”.  The Run command window opens.
    3. Enter “regedit” and click OK.  This will open RegEdit.
    4. Navigate down to HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Installer.
    5. Right click in the right hand pane.  A popup menu with one option, “New” appears.
    6. Click “New”.  A new popup menu with several options appears.
    7. Click “String Value”.
    8. Change the “New Value #1” text to “Logging”.
    9. Double click the “Logging” entry.  The value edit window opens.
    10. Change the value of the key to “VoiceWarmup” & click OK.
    11. Close RegEdit.
  4. Install the .NET Framework 2.0.
    1. Open Windows Explorer.
    2. Navigate to “D:\wcu\dotNetFramework”.
    3. Double click “dotnetfx.exe” to install the framework.
  5. Install the Microsoft Document Explorer 2005.
    1. In Windows Explorer, navigate to “D:\wcu\DExplore”.
    2. Double click “DExplore.exe” to install the Document Explorer.
  6. Install Visual Studio 2005 as per normal from here.

That worked for me… hopefully, it will work for you too! 🙂




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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