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Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 SP1

I just love Microsoft. I tried to download and install Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 SP1. It only took few moments before giving me the “The upgrade patch cannot be installed by the Windows Installer service because the program to be upgraded may be missing, or the upgrade patch may update a different version of the program. Verify that the program to be upgraded exsists on your computer and that you have the correct upgrade patch.” error.

It seems that I don’t have enough of Microsoft bull****. So I decided to visit the download website and check the “installation instructions“. But nothing, and I repeat, nothing about uninstalling the BETA is there.

So I took a little trip to Microsoft Connect to find someone having the same problem. So I looked up the only workaround posted. And I don’t know who is AlexAtQx or whether he is a Microsoft employee or just a regular user. But it seems that he was the first to find a solution to our little problem. The solution was simple, and pretty expected from Microsoft. You have to uninstall the BETA before installing the release. According to “Heath Stewart’s Blog”.

I’m on it, the roll-back of the BETA is in progress. Wish me luck “I’m working with a trio of Microsoft products”smile_zipit tags: Microsoft, Visual, Studio, 2005, SP1, BETA, Install, Uninstall, patch, upgrade