Fixes for Common VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 Beta2 Issues
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by Scott Guthrie
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Setup / Installation Issues

Control Toolbox is Empty: We've seen several people run into a situation where when they create a new ASP.NET Web-site or Web-application with VS 2008 they find that the Control Toolbox is empty, and no intellisense is provided in source-view.  This problem indicates that the .NET 3.5 version of System.Web.dll did not get installed correctly due to interference with some of the .NET Framework Hotfixes already on the machine.  This blog post describes how to fix this issue.

JavaScript Intellisense and Colorization Not Enabled: We've seen some people run into a situation where JavaScript code colorization and intellisense isn't enabled due to a registry setting not getting configured correctly during setup.  This blog post describes how to fix this issue.

Setup Asks for Windows XP SP2 on Windows Vista: We've seen a few people run into issues on Windows Vista where either VS 2008 or .NET Framework 3.5 Beta2 prompts users with an error message asking them to install Windows XP SP2 (even though they are running Vista!).  This blog post describes how to work around this issue.

DevEnv /resetsettings: If you have ever installed a previous version of "Orcas" or VS 2008 on your machine (either Beta1 or one of the CTP versions), you need to reset your VS 2008 settings after installing Beta2.  If you don't do this, you'll have an odd set of settings configured (some windows will be in the wrong place), and you'll potentially see some IDE performance slowness.  You can reset your settings by typing "DevEnv /resetsettings" on the command-line against the VS 2008 version of the IDE.  I cover how to-do this in my Beta 2 Release Blog Post.

.NET 3.5 Web Sites and LINQ to SQL in Partial Trust: The default trust policy for the LINQ and LINQ to SQL assemblies, as well as the web.config file for .NET 3.5 ASP.NET web-sites do not allow applications to be run in medium trust environments.  This can impact you if you deploy your application to a remote hoster.  This blog post describes how to enable this in Beta2 (you won't need to take these steps for the final release).


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