Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 Installation

I finally allocated a couple of hours yesterday to install Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2. I always put these big tasks off because they take so much damn time and something always goes wrong. Well I was right, it took forever and I had big problems.

I had uninstalled Beta 1 a couple of days prior, so that was out of the way. I got out my new DVD with all the nice white and silver bling, popped it in and let it spin. Immediately it said I needed to uninstall like 4 or 5 other apps before I could continue. Without thinking, I just go to 'Add or Remove Programs' and start uninstalling stuff, paying no attention to what order I do things and not rebooting after each step (which some of my colleagues have indicated works best). Anyway, I'm going to do things the way I think they should be done. :P

I should have listened... I uninstalled everything and tried running the setup again. I let it start installing while I did some other tasks. Everything installed, the help files finally merged, and I was ready to see whats new in Beta 2.

I immediately tried to create a basic ConsoleApplication with the following code:

class Program
{
   static void Main(string[] args)
   {
       Console.WriteLine(”Yo yo”);
       Console.Read();
    }
}

When I tried to run it, it crashed Visual Studio hard. Of course, I go google hunting for the answer and found that others have had this problem too. I found this blog where he explains similar problems with crashes. I ran the tool and then tried running my console app again. I didn't get a crash this time, but the console just showed up and I couldn't type anything. Looks like I'm going to be REinstalling Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 today. :@ If the reinstall works, I'll post my findings. If it doesn't, I'll cuss, search, fix, then post my findings.

[Update]
I ran the cool little utility on my tablet and reinstalled Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2. My problem is still there it seems, however I am successfully able to run a WinForms app. I find it quite silly that I can run a WinForms app, but not a simple Console App. Anyway, I'll fix the Console problem eventually, I did find that code gets executed, but the text Console.WriteLine() does not output. This might make for a good future blog I guess...

Print | posted on Thursday, July 21, 2005 1:00 PM