Wouldn’t you know it? I have my shiny new Vista machine all built and hopping alonghappily, and I need to do a quick recompile of one of my old VS2005 projects. Luckilymy 2005 disc is right here. This should be easy, right?
Things you’ll need:
- Visual Studio 2005 install media and key.
- 30g powdered aluminum.
- VisualStudio Team Sweet 2005 SP1 (KB 928957). You might think you need an x64 versionof this…but you don’t so don’t worry about it.
- 80g iron oxide powder.
- VisualStudio 2005 SP1 Update for Windows Vista (KB 929470). Again you only need thex86 version.
- A length of magnesium ribbon.
- A brazing torch or other high-heat fire producer.
- Insert the VS2005 disc, and start up the setup. Enter your keys and the like. Getthe thing started.
- This is going to take a while, so if you haven’t gotten the other ingredients listed,now’s the time to get on eBay and order some up.
- At certain points during the install, Vista and the setup will complain that it’snot compatible with Vista and ask you to confirm that you should run certain command.Go ahead and accept/allow all those warnings.
- Run the installation to completion.
- Execute the Visual Studio SP1 installer.
- By this time, the packages will have arrived from eBay, unless you used UPS, in whichcase, there will be a sticker on your door and the packages will be available until1pm at the local depot. Go pick them up.
- When you get back the installer should be done.
- Run the Update for Vista.
- While this is working, mix the aluminum with the iron oxide. They aren’t reactiveat room temperatures, so you really don’t need any special apparatus, but I alwaysrecommend using a filter mask and eye protection when working with powdered chemicals.The mix is unbalanced by weight, but should be about even by volume. Mix them togetherin a bowl or styrofoam cup until very even. If you’d like, you can then mix the resultingmixture 4:1 with playdoh (more thermite than dough) for portability, or just leaveit in the cup.
- Once that installer is done, you should be FINALLY able to run Visual Studio.
- Place the magnesium ribbon into the cup of thermite, and tape over the top to preventspills. Leave the cup on top of your computer, with the torch handy. I find that havinginstant flaming death hanging over my machine’s head keeps the poor thing in a stateof terror. It prevents so many of those lazy blue screens and has really improvedmy Vista file copy performance. (I think it’s afraid to run that darned search indexernow.)