Vista – Visual Studio 2005 Install Tip
Note: I haven’t yet checked this on other Vista builds!
When installing Visual Studio 2005 — it’s best to install Visual Studio BEFORE you add/remove programs. Things can get messed up really quickly if you don’t (hence todays Vista reinstall). The .NET Framework 2 comes preinstalled with the OS and if something else you have installed touches the framework in any way or installs a previous version of the framework – Visual Studio just won’t install.
I had a whole host of problems getting VS 2005 installed and it turned out that another app had installed the 1.1 NET Framework. As .NET 2 was installed by the OS – I wasn’t able to reinstall or update it.
I have noticed some differences between Vista Business and Vista Ultimate (such as how the sidebar gadget operated) – weird because the media was the same – only the license key differed.