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Monday, July 17, 2006

Installing WinFX [ .NET 3.0 ]

Recently I was trying to get my hands dirty on Sharepoint Portal 2003. However for the portal to install correctly, what we need is WinFX.

WinFX is not bundled with the SPS 2007 DVD. Its a additional download. Once you click the download link, a small exe of 1MB is saved on your computer. This "exe" file, when executed, connects to the internet to download additional 24MB files. These files are part of WinFX setup.

However, at India, where bandwidth is still an issue - the "exe" may not be a feasible way to distribute your apps which use WinFX as a platform. The user will have a machine connected to the internet to get the redistributables. An internet connection might not be available at every location, hence it makes all the more sense to "extract" the files and burn them on CD.

Here is what you will have to do, when the exe is installing WinFX, it has temporarily extracted all the files to the "Temp" folder under "Documents and Settings\Local Settings". You should copy the folder names "WinFX" from the "Temp" folder, copy it to another location and you are done.

However this is to be done before the setup is complete, else the setup might delete the files it extracted.

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