Windows Fabulous and Incompatible Software

After installing Windows Fabulous and all of my development software, I have only had one problem. I run IIS on my machines in order to test my ClickOnce deployments, web services, etc. I had cleared out the folders of all the test deployment and just left my personal web server in place.

When I went to publish something a couple of weeks ago, I discovered that after receiving the last set of Windows 7 Updates, IIS had mysteriously disappeared from my desktop machine. The c:\inetpub folder was gone, and when I went into Programs and asked to add Windows Components, it said IIS was not installed.

After checking the details of the updates, I noticed they had the word “IIS” sprinkled liberally throughout the update detail information. I haven’t read any other reports of this, but I find it really suspicious that it would disappear for no discernible reason. Maybe it got bored and went on a trip, or its feelings were hurt because I was ignoring it. Note that my  laptop did not suffer the same fate, but it does have deployment folders in that directory.

What about other software being compatible? Throw out that Roxio Creator 2009 disk, just toss it out the window and watch it fly. I tried to ask them about it in August, and they said Windows 7 was a beta. I sent them a screen print of the MSDN page showing it was NOT a beta, and they still said it was a Beta and they didn’t support it and they had no idea when they would support. After a few rounds of this, I gave up. I hear there will be a 2010 version, but I won’t be buying it. Ever. By then, I will have figured out how to use MovieMaker that is available for free for Windows 7, and I can use Windows innate software or iTunes to burn CD’s. So buh-bye Roxio. (Windows 7 won’t mount ISO files, but it will burn them to a DVD.)

I had problems with Yahoo Instant Messenger, but a new version released soon after Windows Fabulous RTM fixed it. (That’s after I sent them an e-mail asking about it, and once again was informed that Windows 7 was a Beta. Guess they figured it out though.)

Much to my surprise, Acronis Disk Director 10 doesn’t support Windows 7. Here’s the entertaining bit. I have a previous build of Acronis DD10, and it installs fine. But if you try to download the current build and install it, it says “not supported for Windows 7.” And yet, it works fine on my Win7 computers, with one exception.

It has a problem on my desktop machine. I think the problem is that the system (boot) drive is not disk#1, and the info they use on reboot assumes that your boot drive is disk #1. I asked them about it, and they claim I have a hardware problem, but I was able to partition the same dang drive under Windows Vista just fine. I’m betting if I climb under the desk, take the computer apart, and switch the hard drive cables, it will work. When I get desperate, I will try it.

So why do they claim DD10 won’t work on Windows Fabulous? I’ve been a huge supporter of Acronis over the years – True Image and Disk Director have been two of my favorite software packages for years. Very reliable, very dependable, and they have always worked, every time, without fail. I have to admit that I wonder if they have a new version of Disk Director coming out next year, and supporting Win7 would definitely be a reason to upgrade. I’m going to blame this on their marketing department, and not on their engineering department. If it’s true, it’s definitely annoying.

I also had compatibility problems with VMWare, but they actually offered to let me install and run the Beta of VMWare Workstation 7 and try it out until it came out RTM. I took them up on that offer, and was able to successfully run it on Windows 7 and create a VM running Windows 7, so that was awesome. VMWare Workstation 7 has now been released.

I haven’t had any other compatibility problems, and I am now running Windows 7 on 3 computers, plus I have two VHDs that I can boot from for testing software. For more info about that, check out Scott Hanselman’s blog post about it. It’s an awesome feature, and I don’t know how I ever lived without it.

Why are you still reading this? Go get a copy of Windows 7 and install it!

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4 Responses to “Windows Fabulous and Incompatible Software”

  1. Richard Says:

    I gave up on Roxio years ago, when every OS service pack seemed to require a paid-for upgrade to their software.

    You can mount an ISO image in Windows 7 using SlySoft’s Virtual CloneDrive:
    http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html

    • robindotnet Says:

      Ironically, that is the software I use to mount ISO files. Now that you can burn CD’s and DVD’s (and ISO files) in Windows Fabulous, I find I don’t need Roxio any more.

  2. bhaskar Says:

    Hi Robin,

    My version of add-in target for .NET is 4.0 and Office version is Office 2007. where as in Office 2010 its working fine.

    Exception: Specified argument was out of the range of valid values.
    Parameter name: entryValue

    ************** Exception Text **************
    System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException: Specified argument was out of the range of valid values.
    Parameter name: entryValue
    at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Tools.Applications.Deployment.RegistryStore.Retrieve(String entryName, Object entryValue, CompareDelegate compareMethod)
    at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Tools.Applications.Deployment.MetadataStore.UpdateLastCheckedTime(String subscriptionID, DateTime newLastCheckedTime)
    at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Tools.Applications.Deployment.ClickOnceAddInDeploymentManager.InstallAddIn()

    Thanks in advance
    Bhaskar
    Bangalore India

    • robindotnet Says:

      Please post your question in the MSDN VSTO ClickOnce Forum so others can chime in. I don’t think you can target .NET 4 with Office 2007, but I may be wrong. Are you deploying the Office 2007 PIAs or the Office 2010 PIAs? I have Outlook and PowerPoint add-ins that run in both 2007 and 2010, but I deploy the Office 2007 PIAs, and I’m targeting .NET 3.5.

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