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  • I had to reinstall VS2008 recently and find I cannot install the help access I had before, either from the MSDN disk or online.

    
    Sunday, November 12, 2017 4:31 PM

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  • I recently had an HD crash and had to reinstall VS2008 Express. After reinstalling I was unable to install help either from the MSDN disks or online. Can anyone direct me to a solution? I really need the help!

    Thanks, Mike

    Saturday, November 11, 2017 7:45 PM
  • Hi spywriter,

    thanks for posting here.

    This forum is about c++ code issues. For your case, I will move it to vs setup and installation forum for better support.

    Your understanding and cooperation will be grateful.

    Best Regards,
    Sera Yu


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    Monday, November 13, 2017 2:20 AM
  • Hi spywriter,

    Does the help access mean the Help tool in Visual Studio? How do you install it and what error message do you get when installing and what's your operating system? We need more information to help us check this issue.

    Please run your Visual Studio 2008 as administrator first, it could make sure it has enough permissions to do any operations.

    And then please check whether your VS2008 has sp1 installed, please install the sp1 to make sure your Visual Studio 2008 in the latest version.

    Since VS2008 has out of life cycle, I suggest you use higher version of Visual Studio, such as VS2015 and VS2017.

    Best Regards,
    Weiwei


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    Monday, November 13, 2017 6:32 AM
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  • Thanks Weiwei,

    I've been struggling with an issue with Outlook 2010, so did not do any more about the VS2008 issue. I have VS 2008 professional, (I don't know about SP1), which seems to be an offspring of Visual C 6.0. I am an amateur programmer. I considered updating to VS2015 but the changes I would have had to make to my source files was just too much. I don't want to make major changes or embark on new projects. I just want the functionality I had before updating, so I can repair small bugs. I still have the MSDN library disc but all my installed help functions disappeared when I reinstalled VS 2008. Now all I have is something called a document explorer which is unlike the pane on the left with a search box etc. and seems devoid of any information of any kind. Can I copy help files from my laptop?

    Right now, if I have a question, I can only go to my VS2008 installation on my laptop which still has the help function. Surely there's a way to simply restore the help I had?

    I hope you can help!

    Mike


    • Edited by spywriter Saturday, December 30, 2017 1:17 AM missing part of question.
    Saturday, December 30, 2017 1:13 AM
  • I first asked about this issue in November 2017 and have been unable to follow up on Weiwei's suggestion of Nov 21 due to social pressures (xmas). I don't know about SP1 but I looked at the About page and saw I have SP1 for .NET Framework, but it says nothing about VS2008 itself. I attach the info on the various updates if that is helpful.

    I have to say that I am quite willing to upgrade to a more recent version of VS if that will get me back the help functions. I did try to install VS2015 but found it was unusable, spitting out all sorts of fatal problems related to my source files, which is why I went back to VS 2008.

    Basically, I just want the help I had available with my VS 2008. I do not like the IDE that came with VS 2015, so what can I do?

    Install VS 2015 alongside the 2008, use the 2008 IDE and go into 2015 to get help?

    I'm stuck because if I need description of the parameters required for a specific function I can't readily obtain it. Sure, I could buy a book, but this seems very clumsy.

    I hope here's a solution short of running my laptop next to my desktop, just for the help functions.

    Thanks for any help you can give, Mike (spywriter)

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    Installation of VS2008 Professsional.:

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
    Version 9.0.21022.8 RTM
    Microsoft .NET Framework
    Version 3.5 SP1

    Installed Edition: Professional

    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008   91605-141-0571924-60174
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008

    Crystal Reports    AAJ60-G0MSA4K-68000CF
    Crystal Reports Basic for Visual Studio 2008


    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB944899)   KB944899
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB945282)   KB945282
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    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB946040)   KB946040
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB946308)   KB946308
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    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB946344)   KB946344
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    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB946581)   KB946581
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB947171)   KB947171
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB947173)   KB947173
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB947180)   KB947180
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB947540)   KB947540
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
    For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947540.

    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB947789)   KB947789
    This hotfix is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU.
    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB948127)   KB948127
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    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB953256)   KB953256
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB971091)   KB971091
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    Hotfix for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB973674)   KB973674
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    If you later install a more recent service pack, this hotfix will be uninstalled automatically.
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    Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition - ENU (KB972221)   KB972221
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    Sunday, January 14, 2018 6:28 PM