Visual Help

Hi there,

I am having a rather frusturating problem with 2003. I have installed
MSDN 2003 as well.  It has been working. All of a sudden from yesterday,
when I open or MSDN directly from start menu I am presented with a
blank window. I have literally tried to do everything that is possible. I
have tried opening document explorer and manually type ms-help:// URL's
repeatedly i am presented with blank page only. If i click help on help on help menu i get a page cannot be displayed error.

As the last resort , i tried uninstalling and reinstalling MSDN itself, but
the moment uninstallation begins, a roll back occurs and I get a cryptic
message "Fatal Error" with no details on what the heck is causing the

Earlier in the day, when I tried to install infragistics suite i got a
message saying ms help 2 services are locked by another process and
installation crashed out. I think that might have screwed up the whole
thing. How do i get the help service back, how can i reinstall it if it has
been corrupted.

Ii have restarted several times and there is no instructions i can find in
net as well. It would be great if some one could throw light what shd be
done. Shd i reinstall , I am running windows 2003 and let me tell you
this help collection is absolutely frusturating.

Thanks and Regards

Muralidharan Ramakrishnan
6/30/2003, 10:34:07 AM

0 replies


Visual FoxPro and Excel 2003
1 replies , 6/15/2004, 5:18:01 PM
Our company has a legacy FoxPro application that we are just about to get rid of. One of the things this program does is export reports to Excel. All of the PC's except for a few have Windows 2000 Pro and Office 2003 pro installed. All of the latest service packs for the operating system and Office have been applied. Everyone used to be using Office 97 previously before the upgrade. The problem is that when you select export from the FoxPro app nothing happens except the FoxPro app crashes. When everyone had Office 97 it worked fine. Anyone else had problems after upgrading from 97 to 2003? Allen

does visual studio come with visual c++?
1 replies , 7/20/2004, 6:06:16 PM
does visual studio come with visual c++?

Add-In did run, won't after trying under Visual Studio
2 replies , 1/20/2005, 4:41:02 AM
Hi; I have an Add-In, written in C# with a shim, that runs fine on all computers. I run it from Visual Studio fine on my computer and run a release version that I install using an install program on test & customer machines. It runs fine. I copied the solution over to a test machine because I need to get the Debug.Writeln() output from it for an error situation (fails calling VJ# from C# if .NET 2.0 is also installed). When I built it, it said it had an error registering it for COM (or something like that). I tried running it under the debugger anyways and Word exited immediately. No messages, no dropping to the debugger - it just exited. So I went back to trying to run Word without Visual Studio. It would again crash immediately if I told it to load the Add-In (it prompted me as the Add-In had crashed Word previously). I finally said Yes to start without loading my Add-In. Word then ran fine. However, I cannot get it to run my Add-In again. I uninstalled it, rebooted the system, then re-installed the Add-In using the installer that has worked 100% on every machine including this test machine. It's installed in the directory. The registry settings are all correct. But if I go to add it using Tools, COM Add-Ins..., nothing - it fails silently. And unlike the standard shim code, I have MessageBoxes that pop up for any error in the shim - so it's like the shim code is never being called. HELP!!!!! -- thanks - dave

HELP: Can't Run Visual Studio Debugger
0 replies , 2/17/2006, 9:59:28 PM
I'm working on an integration project, trying to use a Windows Dll inside a C# Web Service. The Windows Dll works fine in my test Windows app. I used it in the Visual Studio 2005 Web Service project, and it compiles fine, but I can't start the Visual Studio debugger for runtime testing/debugging---the error message saying I need to reinstall Visual Studio. Can someone help me out? -- Thanks, Ben

Visual Studio 2005 & Visual Studio .NET
4 replies , 11/3/2005, 8:58:00 PM
Are Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio .NET not the same products? And if they aren't, what is the difference? Roy

Roy Gourgi
Visual Studio
0 replies , 12/4/2003, 3:04:40 AM
For me to download Software Development Kit for Windows Mobile 2003-based Pocket PCs..i need to install Visual Studio.Net 2003 but if i have Visual Studio.Net 2000 is it still possible for me to to install Pocket PC 2003 SDK.

Visual Interdev
1 replies , 3/5/2004, 3:54:51 PM
Don't know if this is the right place to post this question. Can you buy Visual Interdev standalone? I Dont want to have to order 2 copies of visual stuidos professional just for this one program. Thanks, -Eric.

Eric B
Visual Studio .NET 2003 (VC++) Source Browser bug?
0 replies , 5/10/2004, 9:16:03 AM
Hello Is it possible there is a bug in the VC++ 7.1 source browser? When a variable is delcared local (in a plain C function), it cannot be found when using "go to definition". Changing the project settings (compiler option) to "see" these variables does not affect the result. Even when local variables should be visible by the source browser, they are not Thx Tim

learing visual studio
1 replies , 10/6/2009, 6:26:03 AM
how i can better learn microsoft visual studio and mostly its toolbox window and attribute EggHeadCafe - Software Developer Portal of Choice Beer - Words To Live By

international visual keyboard
4 replies , 9/29/2005, 4:33:02 PM
I downloaded the file VkeyInst.exe which is supposed to provide a visual keyboard for when I switch my default language to another. When trying to install it fails saying I need a XP/2000 Office product. I have Office 2003 installed. How do I get this to work? I haven't found a version for Office 2003.

Visual Basic crashing Word 2003
1 replies , 7/16/2009, 7:57:02 AM
Question I have created a number of checklists with visual basic code which enables text to become unhidden when a checkbox is checked. The document was created in Compatibility mode in Office 2007 and saved as an Office 97-2003 document. When clicking on a checkbox in Office 2003, Word crashes. This does not consistently happen. One day it crashes, the next it is fine. The code is: Private Sub ShowArea(ByRef aCheckBox As MSForms.CheckBox, ByVal sBookmark As String) Dim bProteced As Boolean Dim iSection As Integer bProtected = (ActiveDocument.ProtectionType <> wdNoProtection) If bProtected Then ActiveDocument.Unprotect ActiveDocument.Bookmarks.ShowHidden = True ActiveWindow.View.ShowHiddenText = True iSection = ActiveDocument.Bookmarks(sBookmark).Range.Information(wdActiveEndSectionNumber) ActiveWindow.View.ShowHiddenText = False ActiveDocument.Bookmarks.ShowHidden = False ActiveDocument.Sections.Item(iSection).Range.Font.Hidden = Not aCheckBox.Value If bProtected Then ActiveDocument.Protect wdAllowOnlyFormFields, True End Sub Private Sub CheckBox1_Click() ShowArea CheckBox1, "_Commencement" End Sub

Visual Basic in Excel 2007
2 replies , 4/5/2008, 4:47:11 PM
I have used a visual basic routine to save the date and time when I save an Excel file. Private Sub Workbook_BeforeSave(By Val SaveAsUI As Boolean, Cancel As Boolean) Worksheets("Worksheet name").Range("Celled").Value = Now() End Sub I recently saved the file as an *.xlsm file with a password required to open the file. (A password is not required to modify the file) As long as the file is password protected, the routine does not work. As soon as I remove the password to open the file, the routine works as it normally does. In the trust center: I have enabled all Macros. I have checked "Trust access to the VBA ..." What is happening? Is there a solution? I think Microsoft is making security so complicated that most people will have to undo much of the security to figure out how to get things to work. I suppose Microsoft can claim that is not their fault that there are security problems. The tools are there to protect the files, the end users are just not using them properly.

Visual Basic
1 replies , 4/19/2005, 5:07:02 PM
We recently upgraded to Office 2003 from Office 2000. In excel we copied data to word then to powerpoint with the following code: Range("A12", "P57").Select Selection.Copy Word.ActiveWindow.Selection.PasteSpecial DataType:=wdPasteEnhancedMetafile Word.ActiveWindow.Selection.Copy Now that we are using Office 2003, I get an error message on the last line which copies from word to paste later into power point. The error message is 4605 - method or property not available because no text is selected. I can add a statement to select the text that was pasted, but this wasn't needed before. Is this code change necessary or is there an option somewhere that can be set?

Hi. I'm having this error "Visual Studio .NET has detected that the specified Web server is not running ASP.NET version 1.1. You will be unable to run ASP.NET Web applications or services." I've tried the solution C:\WINNT\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.xxxxx\aspnet_regiis.exe -i. It installed successfully but still, I get the same error. My setup is WinXP SP1, running IIS5.1 and my port is set to be 8080 (instead of the normal 80). Could someone from microsoft please help? This is getting a little too ridiculous. (I had this problem on another PC last time, but got it solved via the aspnet_regiis.exe -i solution. But not this time. And I've no idea. :( )

Visual Keyboard for Office 2003?
0 replies , 10/31/2003, 9:37:07 PM
Where can I find the Visual Keyboard for Office 2003? I had installed and used it with Office 2000. I see the version that works with Office XP and Office 2000 can still be downloaded. Here is the URL for the download: FamilyID=86a21cba-e9f6-41db-86eb- 2adfe407e620&DisplayLang=en This keyboard is a real aid to developers who have internationalization assignments and also by home users world-wide who speak English as well as other natural languages. Thanks in advance to anyone who might be able to share information about the availability of this tool for use with Office 2003

data visualization
1 replies , 5/31/2005, 8:23:23 PM
Hi, I have a 60k row worksheet that has three columns company customer num_orders Microsoft Maryland 150 Symantec Maryland 110 I want the chart to show that Microsoft and Symantec have a common customer. For example a circle representing Maryland would connect to two other circles representing Microsoft and Symantec. The 60k row worksheet contains hundreds different companies and thousands of different customers. If this cannot be done with Excel, does anyone have a low cost software solution? Thanks

Visual & Visual Studio 2005
1 replies , 11/17/2005, 12:31:11 PM
General Question: Web Development with I have Visual with Framework 1.1 installed on one machine with IIS6, SQL Server 2000 & framework 1.1 on a Development Server. Is it possible to install Visual Studio 2005 & Framework 2.0 on the first machine to run alongside VS.Net & 1.1 & likewise IIS6, SQL 2005 & Framework 2.0 on the Development Server to run alongside the existing SQL server & framework. or is there no longer any need to have the old SQL, Framework & installed. Will existing sites developed still run? Sorry if this seems a silly question but just looking for conformation prior to uninstalling as i have everything working a treay just now.

I'm trying to follow along with an old C# textbook in testing a console C# program I wrote. I can run the program from the command line with no problem, but the book is saying I can set arguments in visual... and is intructing me to do a solution explorer> right click on project file (no project file now) > properties > under configuration properties?? select debugging ??.. that must be for visual studio 2003 or earlier. How do I do this under 2005? I'm not seeing those tabs/folders/options...???

Where has the functionality to manage SQL Server stored procedures in Visual SourceSafe by using Visual Studio .NET gone? In VS 2003 this is enabled by the Enable Version Control setting on the Options > Database Tools > Server Explorer dialog box. (Sorry, yesterday I posted this in the wrong newsgroup (vsstudio) by accident so I've posted this correctly today).

Visual Studio & Crystal Reports - Logon Error
2 replies , 5/1/2004, 1:17:08 AM
I am using Visual Studio .Net 2003 with Crystal Reports. I can create a Crystal Report using a SQL server db. Then I create a seperate vb web form and add a CrystalReportViewer. When I run the form I get the message "Logon Error". The problem seems to be that Crystal Reports does not save the login info I use when creating the report. I have tried to add logon property to a report object but this does not work. I can assign a dataset (with its own connection string) to a report object and get it to work that way, howerver - my goal is to create a crystal report as a web service (so it needs to be self contained - incluing connection info). I sure would appreciate any help. Cheers, Gary Brower

Gary Brower
Visual studio 2005
2 replies , 12/21/2004, 11:01:33 AM
Has MicroSoft released Visual Studio 2004 or 2005 version ? If not then should i buy 2003 or wait for the new version to released. Thanks and Regards, Ashish Thakkar

Visual Basic
1 replies , 7/31/2003, 5:01:38 PM
Does anyone know how to use Visual Basic to automate a Data Analysis function (regression)?

Joe Hartung
Debugging classic ASP in Visual Studio .NET
2 replies , 6/2/2005, 1:06:47 PM
I use Visual Studio .NET to debug my CLASSIC ASP code. However, this code has several INCLUDE files that all have the .INC extension. As a result, VS will happily step through this code, but won't allow me to put any break points in these pages (at least ones that cause the application to break when it gets to the relevant line). Is there a way that I can "educate" VS.NET to recognise these code files? The alternative might be to rename all my "*.inc" files to "*.inc.asp", but a) there are a great number of these and b) is this ".inc.asp" advisable? (Retaining the .inc part makes it visually obvious that it's not a "top-level" file...) Any help will be much appreciated... Griff

Visual Studio 2005 bug??
0 replies , 9/28/2004, 9:31:02 PM
Where do we report bugs for software from the MSDN library? I think I have one. I opened an exsiting project that works fine and converted it from VS2003 to VS2005. I have a databind object that I dim outside like below and then on format ,I format the data: Dim WithEvents oBinding2 As Binding Private Sub oBinding2_Format(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.ConvertEventArgs) Handles oBinding2.Format Try e.Value = Format(e.Value, "MM/dd/yyyy") Catch ex As Exception End Try End Sub It works fine and builds ok in VS2003 and builds fine in VS2005 but the form displays an error and it says: The variable 'oBinding' is either undeclared or was never assigned. Hide Edit at System.ComponentModel.Design.Serialization.CodeDomSerializerBase.Error(IDesignerSerializationManager manager, String exceptionText, String helpLink) at System.ComponentModel.Design.Serialization.CodeDomSerializerBase.DeserializeExpression(IDesignerSerializationManager manager, String name, CodeExpression expression) at System.ComponentModel.Design.Serialization.CodeDomSerializerBase.DeserializeAttachEventStatement(IDesignerSerializationManager manager, CodeAttachEventStatement statement) at System.ComponentModel.Design.Serialization.CodeDomSerializerBase.DeserializeStatement(IDesignerSerializationManager manager, CodeStatement statement) Once again this worked before and I can't edit the form because of the error. If I leave the declare statement and get rid of the format function I can see my controls on the form. I am going to have to go back to VS2003 to continue working on this project. I was really hopeing to try to do this small project on VS2005 to start to get a feel for it but... Thanks!!

Visual C++ vs. Visual C#
2 replies , 4/15/2004, 11:30:34 PM
Would like to learn to program but don't know where to start. I have a copy of .NET 2003 and didn't know the diference between Visual C++ and Visual C#. Which one is easer to learn? When would you use one over the other? What is Visual C++ better for and what is Visual C# better for? Thanks for any and all in put. Lamar

Lamar Thomas
Visual Studio
2 replies , 1/26/2007, 9:11:02 AM
Hello, I'd like to use a sharepoint document library to store web application code created by a team of developers. I'd like them to develop using their local IIS installation in a virtual directory that points to a sharepoint document library. i.e. where the virtual directory is set to use "a share located on another computer" and the network directory is set to "\\sharepoint\document library\project folder" I'm currently getting problems about web address and folders not pointing to the same location. Has anyone done anything like this? Ideas? comments? suggestions? Thanks. PS: I can't use sourcesafe or other versioncontrol software for this.

I upgraded my VS 7.1 VB applications to VS 8.0.5 and the BackColor of all my controls and Forms have been changed to Transparent. I am going to have to change them all back to System.Control color manually. I am not pleased. Why was this done? It makes it hader to work with it. How do I change them back easily? Hundreds of controls are involved.

Office vX - Excel - Visual Basic
3 replies , 9/8/2003, 6:16:04 PM
I have recently purchased Office vX for Macintosh. Microsoft no longer ship manuals with the program discs. I have some past experience of creating applications using VBA with Excel 5 on a Mac platform but I see from browsing the program that there have been many changes including the introduction of Userforms and Class modules. My searches for a training manual specific to VBA-Excel vX have been unsuccessful. There is a book titled "Excel 2002 Visual Basic´┐Ż for Applications Step by Step". Would some kind person, please advise me whether this book is likely to prove useful. Is Excel 2002 Visual Basic the same or similar to the VBA packaged as part of Office vX? Before posting this message I did telephone Microsoft but found them to be somewhat less than helpful. Thanking you all in anticipation. Martin Beir

Martin Beir
Exposing C++ code as a Web Service via Visual Studio
0 replies , 10/31/2003, 9:39:06 AM
I wish to create a Web Service that uses two files of existing C++ code (not written by me) using Visual Studio. (My development language is Visual Basic.) Any pointers as to how to go about this would be useful. From my research so far, Managed Extensions seem to be the way to go, but this seems to be very convoluted - involved in going through most of the C++ code and 'managing' the unmanaged bits. Are there any other options?

Di Campbell
Difference between Visio Visual Basic and visual Basic
1 replies , 10/21/2004, 4:49:02 PM
I there any difference between Visio Visual Basic and just Visual basic stand alone?

I am having a problem using SQLExpress with Visual studio and getting an error (details in item 1 below) - SQLExpress database file auto-creation error. I found this document describing known issues with Visual Studio 2005. and I believe the specific problem I am having is described in section 2.33 (Details in Item 2 below). I'm using XP SP2, Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server Express and I'm using the ASP.NET Development Server instead of IIS. Has anyone else had this issue and was it resolved and how? Thanks for any assistance. ** ITEM#1 ************************************************* Server Error in '/WebSite1' Application -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- An error has occurred while establishing a connection to the server. When connecting to SQL Server 2005, this failure may be caused by the fact that under the default settings SQL Server does not allow remote connections. (provider: SQL Network Interfaces, error: 26 - Error Locating Server/Instance Specified) Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code. SQLExpress database file auto-creation error: The connection string specifies a local Sql Server Express instance using a database location within the applications App_Data directory. The provider attempted to automatically create the application services database because the provider determined that the database does not exist. The following configuration requirements are necessary to successfully check for existence of the application services database and automatically create the application services database: If the applications App_Data directory does not already exist, the web server account must have read and write access to the applications directory. This is necessary because the web server account will automatically create the App_Data directory if it does not already exist. If the applications App_Data directory already exists, the web server account only requires read and write access to the applications App_Data directory. This is necessary because the web server account will attempt to verify that the Sql Server Express database already exists within the applications App_Data directory. Revoking read access on the App_Data directory from the web server account will prevent the provider from correctly determining if the Sql Server Express database already exists. This will cause an error when the provider attempts to create a duplicate of an already existing database. Write access is required because the web server accounts credentials are used when creating the new database. Sql Server Express must be installed on the machine. The process identity for the web server account must have a local user profile. See the readme document for details on how to create a local user profile for both machine and domain accounts. Source Error: An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below. Stack Trace: [SqlException (0x80131904): An error has occurred while establishing a connection to the server. When connecting to SQL Server 2005, this failure may be caused by the fact that under the default settings SQL Server does not allow remote connections. (provider: SQL Network Interfaces, error: 26 - Error Locating Server/Instance Specified)] System.Data.SqlClient.SqlInternalConnection.OnError(SqlException exception, Boolean breakConnection) +173 System.Data.SqlClient.TdsParser.ThrowExceptionAndWarning(TdsParserStateObject stateObj) +199 System.Data.SqlClient.TdsParser.Connect(Boolean& useFailoverPartner, Boolean& failoverDemandDone, String host, String failoverPartner, String protocol, SqlInternalConnectionTds connHandler, Int64 timerExpire, Boolean encrypt, Boolean trustServerCert, Boolean integratedSecurity, SqlConnection owningObject, Boolean aliasLookup) +1069 System.Data.SqlClient.SqlInternalConnectionTds.OpenLoginEnlist(SqlConnection owningObject, SqlConnectionString connectionOptions, String newPassword, Boolean redirectedUserInstance) +606 System.Data.SqlClient.SqlInternalConnectionTds..ctor(DbConnectionPoolIdentity identity, SqlConnectionString connectionOptions, Object providerInfo, String newPassword, SqlConnection owningObject, Boolean redirectedUserInstance) +193 System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnectionFactory.CreateConnection(DbConnectionOptions options, Object poolGroupProviderInfo, DbConnectionPool pool, DbConnection owningConnection) +219 System.Data.ProviderBase.DbConnectionFactory.CreateNonPooledConnection(DbConnection owningConnection, DbConnectionPoolGroup poolGroup) +27 System.Data.ProviderBase.DbConnectionFactory.GetConnection(DbConnection owningConnection) +49 System.Data.ProviderBase.DbConnectionClosed.OpenConnection(DbConnection outerConnection, DbConnectionFactory connectionFactory) +89 System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection.Open() +160 System.Web.Management.SqlServices.GetSqlConnection(String server, String user, String password, Boolean trusted, String connectionString) +67 [HttpException (0x80004005): Unable to connect to SQL Server database.] System.Web.Management.SqlServices.GetSqlConnection(String server, String user, String password, Boolean trusted, String connectionString) +123 System.Web.Management.SqlServices.SetupApplicationServices(String server, String user, String password, Boolean trusted, String connectionString, String database, String dbFileName, SqlFeatures features, Boolean install) +89 System.Web.Management.SqlServices.Install(String database, String dbFileName, String connectionString) +26 System.Web.DataAccess.SqlConnectionHelper.CreateMdfFile(String fullFileName, String dataDir, String connectionString) +386 ** ITEM #2 ****************************************** 2.33 Windows User Profiles for ASP.NET Automatic Database Creation with SQL Server Express and IIS The ASP.NET automatic MDF creation process for SQL Server providers using SQL Server Express (SSE) and IIS only works when IIS is running either as the local ASP.NET computer account, or as NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE. The automatic creation process also works when a developer is interactively developing using Cassini (i.e. file based webs). However, when developing against IIS using either a different local computer account, or a domain user account, the automatic database creation process will fail because these accounts do not have a Windows user profile available on the web server.

visual studio replacement of visual c, c++, c#??
3 replies , 8/2/2004, 6:56:31 PM
Can Visual Studio replace programs such as visual c, c++ or c# in the workplace. Would there be any need to have programs such as visual c, c++ or c#?

Visual Basic Compile Error
1 replies , 10/4/2004, 2:23:54 PM
After having to re-install Windows XP, we had to re- install Windows Office XP Standard. Now when opening Excel, we get a Visual Basic Error: "Compile Error in hidden modules:DistMon". When opening Word, we get the following VB Error:"Compile Error in hidden modules:AutoExcecute" We have re-installed Office XP twice, both times having the same problem. We are running Windows XP Professional - SP2 Any suggestions?? Thanks In Advance Frank

Visual Studio .Net Licensing
0 replies , 7/18/2003, 3:23:48 PM
Does VS.Net have an enterprise licensing scheme where we buy one copy and each member of the development team, comprised of less than 10 individuals, can use that copy without purchasing a separate license for each computer its installed on?

Deleting pictures in Excel using visual basic
3 replies , 10/5/2006, 8:18:49 AM
I have written a visual basic module to insert pictures from a list contained in a worksheet. I have figured out how to delete the picture when I load the next picture. For this I need to know the picture number. My problem is the indexing or the picture number. The number of shapes ActiveSheet.Shapes.Count doesn't change But the picture number does increment. I am using workaround by updating the picture number in a cell on the active sheet BUT this is a kluge! More importantly, I will be using this to display a large number of images [1000s 100000s]. I don't know wheter there is an upper limit, but it would be cleaner if the pic number always reset. I am using Excel 2004 for the MAC [OSX] Thanks Brujolito