Bugs in Whidbey Beta2

I woke up this morning and saw that Whidbey beta2 finally came out. Got out of bed, brushed my teeth and started a download on my Windows box. It started off slow enough, at 2 KB / sec, but I got Visual C# Express downloaded by the time I came home from brunch.

Update: Before installing Beta-2, I did have Beta-1 installed. I removed Beta-1 (Fx framework, Visual C# Express and MSDN Library Express), but didn’t restart my machine before installing Beta-2.

So far, the release seems a little rough. I think my recollection of beta-1 is that beta-1 felt more polished than this.

Here are the bugs that I’ve encountered so far:

  1. The start page didn’t get distributed. Instead of the welcome screen, the usual IE 404 screen comes up.
  2. There is some loading bug with the “Visual Studio Explorers and Designers Package”. It gets triggered when I try to change my default font.

Screenshot of Visual C# Express

I’ll add more to this list if I find more problems. I’ll also add links to fixes when I see them.


  1. Jeremy Wiebe:

    Just curious. Have you had previous 2005 Express builds installed? I have seen the “Package … failed to load” error but only after installing an Express SKU, uninstalling it, and installing a newer one. I have not seen this on a clean install of XP with the latest Express (Feb CTP). I am in the process of downloading Beta 2 now.

  2. FB2:

    I’m glad you published this – I was quite sure that only I get this missing Start Page problem. I saw the same issue with the CTP build, and I thought no way MS would miss this for a real beta release, so it must be something on my system.

  3. Roberto Garza:

    I had the same problem. What you need to do is reset the vc# user settings. Just go to tools->import export options and check reset all settings. That fixed those issues for me and now i have the new start page wich is rather nice.
    Hope it helps

  4. Roberto Garza:

    Oh and about the designer package, try repairing the .net framework install from add remove programs, that worked for me. I guess its an issue related with having beta 1 installed before.

  5. FB2:

    Thanks Roberto, the reset settings solution worked for me as well.

  6. Timothy Parez:

    I have exactly the same problem.
    Most projects won’t even compile and the GUI designer can’t start.

    And why did they update their tools to .NET 2 beta 2 if they didn’t update the SDK.

    I’m not sure I like this release …

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