LP on .NET

June 19, 2009

Development Environment Install Log

Filed under: .NET,Software Development,technology,Visual Studio — Larry Parker @ 3:58 pm

I’ve been programming for over twenty years, but it wasn’t until the last couple of years that I became disciplined enough to maintain a log of what I install on my development machine.

It’s amazing how useful an audit trail like this can be over the course of several months:



– Installed XP SP2 Support Tools

    Installed from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=49AE8576-9BB9-4126-9761-BA8011FABF38&displaylang=en

    Installed into C:\Program Files\Support Tools\


– Installed Sandcastle May 2008 Release (Version 2.4.10520)

    Installed from http://sandcastle.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=13873

    Installed into C:\Program Files\Sandcastle\

Last Fall I got a new development machine at work and it was a simple matter to reinstall exactly what I needed by following the entries in my log.

It’s also useful for troubleshooting problems that seemingly come out of nowhere and inevitably get traced back to the latest CTP you just installed (well, now I use virtual machines for those).  🙂

The extra couple of minutes it takes to record the changes in the log can sometimes be annoying, but I have found that it is well worth the time and effort.


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