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Silly Visual Studio 2012 is silly

Having a little free time today, I spent the afternoon to download Windows 8 Preview Release and Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 in order to try out the new OS and its development process. Eagerly fired up Parallels installing Windows 8 just to be greeted with this error message:

The .NET Framework installed on this machine does not meet the minimum required version: 4.5.50709

WHAT?! I'm running the new shiny Windows 8, directly downloaded from Microsoft and you told me I'm not running the latest framework? How often is .NET Framework got released?! Incredible! However, bugs happen sometimes and maybe this is required. No problem, I downloaded .NET Framework 4.5 (again, directly from Microsoft) but it just told me the machine is already running the latest version.

WTF!?

Fortunately, I found this gem (couldn't deep link to the comment): Archiebass suggested people to go to edit a registry value using regedit, basically faking the version number for .NET Framework. And it works! Silly.

Update: And now I'm getting DEP0700 when I run any kinds of projects. Turned out I have downloaded Visual Studio RTM and this guy (no deep linking again!) pointed out that VS RTM requires W8 RTM too. Why don't you state this in your download page, Microsoft? What a big waste of time (and bandwidth, and time). Unbelievable.

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