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Install and Uninstall Visual Studio 2005

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Hello,

I'm having some problems installing Visual Studio 2005.
I'll briefly explain what's the history of the problem here.

First I installed VS 2005 beta 2.
I uninstalled it later via the Windows Uninstall Tool you can download.

Then I installed Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition ENU. This was a trial
version for 180 days.
Now the trial period has expired and I had to install another version.

I bought the VS 2005 Pro edition and I tried to uninstall the Team
Edition.

When I trie dto uninstall the Team Edition I got an error saying
"Uninstall failed".

Then I tried to hit the button repair/add features. This completed
without errors but nothing was changed. Again I tried to uninstall but
it didn't work either.

Then I just tried to install the pro version on my PC. This worked, but
when I ran this copy I got the same message at startup saying that the
trial period was expired.

I did an uninstall of this version, which completed succesfully. Now in
my control panel there's nowhere an entry of Visual Studio. But if I
try to install the Pro version again it says that the installation path
cannot be changed because there's still a Visual Studio 2005 Team
Edition left on my PC. I can't remove it because a. it's not in my
list, b. if it would, uninstall would fail.

Next I tried to remove every instance of Microsoft SQL Server 2005
tools such as reporting services, mobile tools, ....

This all worked except for "Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Mobile Developer
Tools" which gave me an error 1361: A network error occurred reading
sqlmobiletools30.Msi or something like that. I seearched the registry
for that and I deleted the file. When I ran uninstall again I got
another error:

"Internal Error 2356: product.cab"

This means I cannot uninstall the previous version of Visual Studio
which has an expired date which apparently stays locked on the
following version I install.

Does anyone have any ideas about what to do to be able to install my
copy of VS2005???
Formatting is not an option ...

With kind regards,

Kenneth Truyers

Aug 31 '06 #1
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