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Today Visual Studio 2008 has released SP1 which not only brings some fixes, but also is an added value service pack, bringing some new functionality to WPF as well as enabling a “client” deployment pack of the .NET framework so that those deploying .NET framework with your client applications can have a much smaller footprint (by about 80+%).

With the release of SP1 for Visual Studio 2008 today, the Silverlight team has also updated their tools for Silverlight 2 Beta 2.  Read again: a tools update for Silverlight 2 Beta 2 is needed and available for you.  If you install Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and your Silverlight projects aren’t working anymore, that’s why!

Here’s the download links:

Please note that this update to the Silverlight tools can be used for Visual Studio 2008 RTM as well as the just-released SP1, but NOT for VS 2008 SP1 beta.  Yeah, if that’s mind blurring, let’s boil it down:

Do you want to install VS2008 SP1 (release) and still work with Silverlight 2 applications?  If yes, download the updated Silverlight tools and install after you install VS208 SP1.

I hope that makes your decision easier.  Oh and if you installed SP1 Beta at any time, check out this post from Heath.


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8/11/2008 12:08 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Thanks, Tim. You saved me a lot of time and effort. I probably would not have chosen that order of installation.

Kevin
8/11/2008 12:24 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Thanks for this useful information.
8/11/2008 12:49 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Tim, one clarification from you please.

When SL beta 2 came out, at the same time .Net 3.5 SP1 Beta (VS2008 SP1 beta) was released. That SP1 beta had the ADO.Net Data Services portion.

Question: Do I need to run the program "Remove_KB944899.exe" as the cleanup fix prior to installation?

Secondly, After I download the big ISO file, should I rename it to EXE and be able to execute? I had forgotten how to make ISO running?

Thanks Tim!
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8/11/2008 1:12 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Ben, ISO files are CD/DVD images. You need to either burn them to a disc or mount them with some virtual CD/DVD software, such as the MSDN-recommended Daemon Tools.
8/11/2008 1:13 PM | # Damn
There goes my hope of a Silverlight 2 Release Candidate anytime soon...
8/11/2008 1:35 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
@Tim, never mind on the ISO.

@Tom, Just burnt it on a DVD and it's runnable.

Man I hope the Astoria team have finish SL Client side for production now.
8/11/2008 1:44 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Ben: if you've installed VS SP1 Beta, check out this post: blogs.msdn.com/.../...-release-of-vs-2008-sp1.aspx for a tool to help clean some things up. The proxy code generator for ADO.NET Data Services (datasvcutil.exe) is a part of SP1.
8/11/2008 2:36 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Be aware even though the .NET SP1 includes ADO.NET Data Services, it is not compatible with the Silverlight 2 Beta 2 runtime. I've been told it will be compatible as of RTM of Silverlight 2, so as long as you aren't use Data Services with Silverlight 2, this new installation should work fine.
8/11/2008 3:26 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
That's some damn good timing. I almost installed the Beta of SP1 yesterday.
8/11/2008 10:06 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
have problems with Silverlight tools refresh, After installign SP1 i got the message to install new tools (silverlight_chainer), have done that several times, Installation shows no error
8/11/2008 10:28 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Quoted: "have problems with Silverlight tools refresh, After installign SP1 i got the message to install new tools (silverlight_chainer), have done that several times, Installation shows no error"


I'm running into the same trouble. I've tried uninstalling the silverlight tools and reinstalling but no luck. My order of things was:

(Step 0. Silverlight 2 beta 2 is previously installed on on my VS 2008 no sp).
Step 1. I install VS2008 SP1.
Step 2. I reboot.
Step 3. I attempt to load my project and it gives me the message about needing the new patched tools.
Step 4. I uninstalled and reinstalled the tools. No luck.
8/11/2008 10:34 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Hannes/Clifford: I think you're running into some download server caching of the previous version. Unfortunately the best remedy is if I could ask you to wait until tomorrow to see if the cache resolves itself and starts delivering the new version. With the push of SP1 and the tools refresh this morning, we had to wait until the SP1 of VS2008 was pushed before we could update the other tools...and since it wasn't a new drop, but an update, some of the download servers still have a cache of the previous version. My sincere apologies...but if I could ask your patience I'd appreciate it. Rest assured you aren't doing anything wrong :-)
8/11/2008 11:16 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Thanks Tim.
8/12/2008 8:41 AM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Hi Tim,
I only see the English's released date in Aug 11, but the others are still the last month.

When will the Silverlight 2 Beta 2 tools refresh for SP1
non-English languages be released?
8/12/2008 8:43 AM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Alex: Great question. Remaining languages are expected to go online by end of week.
8/12/2008 10:08 AM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Stewart's advice of Microsoft Visual Studio Patch removal tool dosn't help with Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition
8/12/2008 11:25 AM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
I posted detailed instructions on how to upgrade your machine on my site here:

silverlighthack.com/.../...1-Install-Together.aspx
8/12/2008 11:32 AM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Ping back from Silverlightblog.com silverlightblog.com/.../...ght-Tools-released.aspx
8/12/2008 3:46 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Hmm yes having the same problem with the VS2008 Tools refresh :(

Installed, uninstalled, re-installed, no joy.

Broken dev environment until tomorrow I guess...
8/13/2008 6:19 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Thanks for the info - do we need to download and install net fw 3.5 sp1 first (then vs 2008 sp1, then silverlight tools refresh)?
8/17/2008 7:40 AM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Hey,I'd wanna know if there are new controls with the sp1 update of silverlight. Thanks a lot.
Regards.
8/17/2008 8:07 AM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
shiny: no this was not an update for silverlight but just to make the latest tools compatible with vs2008 sp1
8/19/2008 10:57 AM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
I'm hitting the same problem as posters Hannes/Clifford- uninstall all Silverlight, reboot, install new Silverlight chainer, open old SL2 problem in VS 2008 SP1 and get message about needing patched tools. I would expect that this far past the release there are no caching issues to contend with.

Hannes/Clifford/et al- Did you find a work around to this problem?

-Todd
8/19/2008 12:27 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Todd/Hannes/Clifford: If you look at your silverlight_chainer.exe file and look at the properties, specifically the Digital Signature...when was it signed? June 3 or August 1?
8/19/2008 12:35 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
After leaving my last comment, I did some more troubleshooting and discovered that my Download Manager had presented a locally cached version of silverlight_chainer when I tried to download the update this morning. After deleting all local versions of the chainer, the new files properly downloaded and everything worked correctly.

Word to the wise: delete old versions of silverlight_chainer before downloading the update to avoid simple problems like this.
8/26/2008 6:45 AM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
The Silverlight 2 path going forward is quite muddy.

1. Visual Studio - No Interactive UI design enabled
2. Expression Blend 2.5 - No Motion Path and not RC or RTM timeframe
3. No idea when RC or RTM is targeted for

With so many people working with these partial works, microsoft should "assist" the developer community with clear communications.

Very Frustrating...
10/30/2008 11:17 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
I have installed VWD 2008 express and then installed Silverlight tools this runs fine. I then decided to install Visual c# 2008 express edition later on the next day. How do I now get the tools and silverlight projects to run in Visual c# 2008 express edition. There are no templates or tools showing. I have the latest tools and SP
10/31/2008 7:23 AM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Darren: The tools are only for the web editions. The Express products are atomic in nature and don't share things across. You can have C# Express and VWD Express installed at the same time, however only VWD will be able to create web projects (and Silverlight).
10/31/2008 5:44 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Thanks Tim
7/10/2009 7:23 AM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Try putting a date on your blog postings.
7/10/2009 8:44 AM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Mewhoo -- you mean the date that is immediately underneath the title that says "posted at XXXXXX"? or the fact that the date is in the URL 2008/08/11 ????
10/20/2009 3:18 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
I can't install the SL tools for VS08 in an isolated non-networked environment.
What a bummer? Is there a workaround?
10/20/2009 3:30 PM | # re: Visual Studio SP1 and Silverlight tools
Dan - follow these instructions: timheuer.com/.../...silverlight-2-rc0-offline.aspx

 
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