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At my current client we have about 15 or so users of Team Explorer Beta 2  that needed to be upgraded to the RC client (since I upgraded the server to RC). Out of those 15 there were 2 cases of users experiencing installs that would crash after reaching the Complete/Custom selection screen. One of the users was on a laptop running XP SP 3 and the other was on a desktop running XP SP 3. After many attempts (command line install w/ supressed UI, registry changes, etc.) at getting the setup to run correctly and install a working copy of Team Explorer 2010 RC failed I did some searching and found a few people running into the same problem.

The general idea for a fix was that the Language Bar needed to be disabled in order for the install to be successful. So I gave it a shot and it worked. Both users are now happily running complete installs of Team Explorer 2010 RC. My steps taken are defined below:

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Regional and Language Options.
  2. On the Languages tab, under Text services and input languages, click Details.
  3. Under Preferences, click Language Bar.
  4. Deselect the Show the Language bar on the desktop check box.
  5. Extra step in my case: Remove handwriting recognition in the listbox on the parent window.
  6. If the language bar is still present on the taskbar right-click it and remove it.

Not sure what the language bar has to do with the setup.exe of Team Explorer or Visual Studio but this slight change turned a headache into a good day. If anyone has a reason of why this error is occuring please post it in the comments.

Hope this is helpful to those who find it.

Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010 1:43 PM Software - Team Foundation Server | Back to top

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It'd be great if you could run the log collector ( and send the logs to tfsb2sup AT microsoft DOT com. We'll see if there's an issue here we can address for RTM.
Left by Chris Rathjen [MSFT] on Feb 12, 2010 4:14 PM

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