Why you don’t want to edit your pending.xml to resolve 0xC0000034 issues

I know that one of the workarounds everyone is using is editing the pending.xml file and rebooting the machine.  This is seemingly working for everyone that the SetupExecute registry value does not.  I wanted to give a brief rundown as to why you only want to do this as a last resort. During service pack… Read more

Error 0xC0000034 during Service Pack 1 installations for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2

I’ve seen several reports now of the following error (or something similar): !! 0xc0000034 !! 142/53007 (_0000000000000000.cdf-ms) Note If you restart the computer, you experience the same error message. If you’re hitting one of these errors, you have a few options depending on the OS you’re using. http://support.microsoft.com/KB/975484 Option 1 (Win7 client only):  Use a… Read more

Are you opening up a .NET case with Microsoft?

My name is Joseph Conway and I am a Senior Escalation Engineer on the CORE team.  Today’s blog entry entails the steps that you as a customer can take when encountering issues with the .Net framework. The .Net framework ships as both an inbox and standalone installer, depending on the version of the operating system… Read more

What is the WINSXS directory in Windows 2008 and Windows Vista and why is it so large?

A commonly asked question among people looking at a Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 installation is “why is the WinSxS folder so big?!”   To answer that question I need to first describe componentization, and how components are managed in Windows Vista. One of the largest changes between previous versions of Windows and Windows Vista… Read more

Publishing the Hyper-V Management Interface using Terminal Services

1. Install the Terminal Services Role using Server Manager. Include all the necessary roles. Since we will distribute the application using Terminal Services Web Access, make that selection as well. 2. Install the Hyper-V Role or the Hyper-V Role Management Tool on the Terminal Server. 3. Verify remote connections are permitted to the Terminal Server… Read more

10 commonly asked questions or issues seen during Hyper-V beta

With the RTM release of Hyper-V just around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to re-visit some of the top things we have seen customers encounter when installing and configuring Hyper-V for the first time and give pointers to resources we have available to eliminate those when you start rolling this… Read more