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Need to Re-install Visual Studio 2005 Premium Partner Edition - ENU

Posted on 2009-05-07
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I think I may have made a big booboo.

My company hosts its own website (and a lot of other internal services) on a Win Server 2003 machine.  We're running SQL Server 2005.  Anyway, I was having a problem with a VB.NET web app I'm developing, where it couldn't find the right assemblies.  I tried a lot of things, but one post indicated that simply installing Visual Studio 2005 on the server would work, even though it's overkill.

I set out to do that, but I got an error about not being able to change my installation directory on the server since VS 2005 would share files with this VS 2005 Premium Partner Edition - ENU.  Since I didn't have 3 GB free on that primary partition, I went ahead and uninstalled the VS 2005 PPE so that the full VS 2005 install would let me choose to install in a different directory.  I (perhaps stupidly) assumed that this VS 2005 PPE was just a development tool left over on the server by the previous apps developer.

Unfortunately, even now that I can change the install directory, it's still requiring 1.2 GB of space on my main partition, which leaves me less than 1 GB free (and I frankly don't feel comfortable doing that to my OS).  And now, without any Visual Studio product on that server, I'm getting periodic errors that say "Visual Studio Just-in-Time Debugger" in the title bar.

I searched around, and it turns out that this VS 2005 PPE was probably installed with SQL Server and performs functions I was completely unaware of.  Which means I need it back.  Except that I don't know where to get it, short of trying to find the install discs for SQL Server... and anyway, someone said you need to uninstall SQL Server in order to reinstall VS 2005 PPE that way, and I ain't about to do that.

I've tried searching the downloads site at Microsoft for this, but no joy.  Does anyone have thoughts?
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what errors did you get?
try install\update .Net frameworks on your web server (check what do you have on dev box  probably NET Framework 3.5 SP1?)
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Thanks for your attention, EugeneZ, but I've gotten around the issue.  I was able to identify an installed program that was non-critical enough that I could risk uninstalling it and re-installing it on another partition... thus freeing up 2 GB more for that installation of the full Visual Studio, which takes care of my problem.
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See my last post.  EugeneZ, props to you for even reading the novel I wrote to describe my problem!
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good job! :)
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