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Silverlight 3 Tools Installation – Unable to Detect Visual Studio 2008 SP1

November 7th, 2009 10 comments

I’ve been trying to install Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 but I keep getting a message saying that I don’t have SP1 installed even though I do have it installed, and it won’t allow me to install it. I tried to uninstall everything and reinstalled Visual Studio 2008 and updated it to Service Pack 1 but the same error keeps showing up whenever I executing the Silverlight 3 Tools installation. Here’s the error message I keep receiving:

Installation Requirements:

Build 9.0.30729.XX of Visual Studio 2008 SP1 or Visual Web Developer 2008 SP1 must be installed before installation can continue.  See <A HREF=”″></A> for download information.

Silverlight 3 Tools installation error

I’ve done much research to resolve this problem but I couldn’t find any helpful information. However, I’ve been able to find some hints here and there and I’ve came up with the solution after playing around with it for awhile. But first I should clarify few things before I continue with the solution:

  • I’m using an early version of Windows 7 Professional since it was released 3 weeks ago by the time I’m writing this post.
  • I have Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Professional Edition and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installed.
  • The VS2008 build is: 9.0.21022.8 RTM which is the latest update I can get from Windows Update and it cannot detect any more updates for the VS2008.
  • I have Expression Studio 3 already installed.

Okay, so now to overcome the installation error of Silverlight 3 Tools follow up these few steps:

  1. Download Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 from here. The download file name should be: Silverlight3_Tools.exe by default.
  2. Download WinRar from here. Winrar will be used to extract Silverlight3_Tools.exe since it is an archived file. The reason I mentioned Winrar here is because I’m not sure if there is any other application that supports extracting EXE files. Feel free to use any other app that could do the job.
  3. After installing Winrar or any equivalent application, right click on Silverlight3_Tools.exe and extract the archive file.
  4. Finally, go to the location where you have extracted the file and execute the file VS_SilverlightTools_Setup.exe to install the Silverlight 3 Tools.

Silverlight 1.1 is now Silveright 2.0

November 30th, 2007 No comments

All the hype and rumors surrounding Microsoft Silverlight in last few days has now come to an end. Microsoft announced that SilverLight 1.1 will be now named SilverLight 2.0. The second installment of SilverLight (Microsoft’s-damn-freaking-way-to-monopolize-the-market) will support C# and Visual Basic of the .NET Framework which is a big plus. That’s a big move from Microsoft to beat down Adobe Flash.

Silverlight 2.0 is still in the development process and will take time to be out in public but the alpha release is out. Many firms and businesses are adopting Silverlight (instead of Flash) for their web applications due . But Flash still dominates the World-Wide-Web with a penetration over 93% for Flash Player 9 and over 99% for previous versions.

The battle between Adobe and Microsoft is still going and Microsoft is catching Adobe fast. If Adobe doesn’t do something fast they could lose this war. Oh god, I can feel the tension between Bruce Chizen and Steve… not that Steve, I meant Steve Ballmer. I don’t expect any gracefulness from anyone of them to the other, but I expect them to speed up the RIA (Rich Internet Application) development process and start working on getting rid of bugs been out there for years!

Silverlight First Impressions

September 28th, 2007 No comments

Thinking to start doing Silverlight? This LONG article by Jesse Randall explains his first impressions on using Silverlight and what he thinks about Silverlight. It is so long that I couldn’t read it all with my given free time. He also shows the difference between Silverlight 1.0 and 1.1 and their relation with .NET technology.

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Silverlight Goes Gold!

September 11th, 2007 4 comments

Microsoft announced the release to the Web (RTW) Silverlight 1.0, a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering richer user experiences on the Web. In addition, Microsoft will work with Novell Inc. to deliver Silverlight support for Linux, called Moonlight, and based on the project started on

SilverLight is an application to create rich internet applications that competes Flash/Flex. Microsoft can only hope to catch us with Flash Player penetration.

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10 Things We Should Know About SilverLight

August 9th, 2007 No comments

Ever since SilverLight was announced by Microsoft, the Flash community was in Defcon-1 alert. The exciting new technologies that SilverLight has to offer to web developers announced the new era of Adobe-Microsoft competition. Shawn Wildermuth brought us a new great article which titled “10 Things You Should Know About Microsoft’s Silverlight“. Microsoft is on the move to conquer and dominate the world Rich Internet Application. So don’t miss out what it is going will offer.

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