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While running an MSI installation using the Windows Installer Service, you may sometime encounter a fatal error with Exit Code as 1603. This 1603 error code is an MSI error code which indicates a failure, that is generic and computer-specific.

 

If you face this issue while installing an application package using the Windows Installer, here's a list of known causes that generates 1603 errors.

Published by on under Solution | Tips

Recently in an official blog post, Microsoft announced that they are soon going to stop accepting new apps and app updates for Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x or earlier. If you have built app packages for these platform, its time to port those to UWP.

 

Here's the important dates, announced by Microsoft, for the apps with Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x packages submitted to Microsoft Store.

Published by on under News | UWPDev

Microsoft releases the latest version of Windows Community Toolkit (version 4.0), which is an open-source collection of helper functions, custom controls and app services. It simplifies and demonstrates common developer tasks building UWP apps for Windows 10.

 

The latest version of the Windows Community Toolkit introduces new DataGrid with fluent design, two new Microsoft Graph controls and many bug fixes.

Published by on under Tools | UWPDev

Microsoft releases the Windows UI Library (WinUI Library) that includes new and popular UWP XAML controls and features. These are backward-compatible on all Windows 10 versions since the latest insider builds down to the Anniversary Update.

 

Check out this post to know more about this UI library and to find the links to download and install in your project.

Published by on under News | UWPDev

Microsoft has released a new update to Windows Template Studio. The latest version of Windows Template Studio 2.2 includes 3D Launcher feature, Wizard enhancements, improved documentations and many bug fixes.

 

To know more about the new changes and improvements part of this release, and to learn how to install this update, continue reading the post.

Published by on under .Net | CodeProject

After almost two months, Microsoft released the next version of Windows Template Studio for the developers, with support for Visual Basic and Prism Framework. This bumped the Windows Template Studio version to 1.7.

 

To know more about the new changes and improvements part of this release, and to learn how to install this update, continue reading the post.

Published by on under News | UWPDev

Outlook add-ins are built by third parties to integrate into Outlook to provide additional functionalities to it. There exists many addins which makes the life easier while working with mails and meetings. Some examples are: Outlook social connector, Skype meeting, TeamViewer meeting addins.

 

In this post, we will learn two different methods by which you will be able to see the list of addins installed on your Outlook client.

Published by on under Office | Outlook

With the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, on 17th October 2017, Microsoft also released the SDK for the developers to build and publish apps. It contains the latest headers, libraries, metadata and tools to build applications targeting Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

 

If you didn't yet grab that, download it now and start building new apps or updating your existing ones with the new features.

Published by on under SDK | WinDev

If you are using 'iTextSharp' library to read/write PDF files in your application and faced an InvalidCastException with the message "Unable to cast object of type 'iTextSharp.text.pdf.PdfLiteral' to type 'iTextSharp.text.pdf.PdfString'", this post will help you to know the root cause of the issue. Continue reading to learn more about it.

Published by on under iTextSharp | PDF

If you face the error message “An error occurred while validating. HRESULT = '8000000A'” while building Visual Studio setup project from command line in Visual Studio 2012 or above IDE environment, the reason is because the new IDEs do not support build outside the own process.

 

But there is a tweak which will help you to enable the same and you will now be allowed to build the MSI setup project from the command line itself.

Published by on under Tips | VisualStudio

Dona Sarkar, who has recently taken care the department of Windows Insiders Program after Gabe Aul moved to a new department, in a blog post announced the availability of new insider build 14356 for fast ring users of Windows 10 Mobile.

 

This build focuses more on the fixes on the issues reported to Microsoft along with some new enhancements to Cortana. Find more to know all these changes and the known issues.

Published by on under News | WinDev

Last Sunday (29th May 2016), we have organized an event in Kolkata, clubbed with topics on different technologies. This includes topics like C# 7.0 Concepts, Azure PowerShell, UWP (Universal Windows Platform), HoloLens with Unity 3D and IoT (Internet of Things).

 

I have given a session on building UWP apps using C# and XAML. Here I am sharing my slides for you to refer. Those who missed to join the event, check it out.

Published by on under C# | Events

Visual Studio 2015 Update 2, released during //BUILD/2016 developer conference, provides an easy way to execute code directly on the Interactive Window inside the Visual Studio IDE. Along with that, the interactive window is now also capable of color highlighting.

 

Today in this blog post, we will learn how to execute code directly in the interactive window, in just a single click. Continue reading and let us know, how much you like this enhanced feature.

Published by on under DZone | Tips

Gabe Aul, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Engineering Systems team, announced the availability of Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build: 14283 for the fast ring Windows Insiders. Though this build is now limited to few devices, but will later expand to other devices.

 

This build focuses some new improvements and fixes. As it is an insider build, it also has some known issues. Continue reading the post to know what has been changed, along with the issues currently present.

Published by on under News | WinDev

If you are building a custom installer of your own, you might want to compress the files inside a ZIP and extract them on need basis. You can easily do this by using some 3rd party libraries, among which some are free and some are paid versions. Why to use additional libraries if the .NET framework provides you the set of APIs?

 

You might be aware of this, but if you are unaware of it, let me tell you that, it was present since .NET 2.0. Let’s explore it in today’s quick blog tips & tricks. Continue reading and share the link in your network.

Published by on under .Net | C#

Whenever you create a new code file in Visual Studio, it adds a default set of using namespaces automatically to faster the development process in common name resolution. Not all of them are mandatory to use and can be remove at later point of time or before code check-in.

 

Visual Studio 2015 provides us an easy way to organize the using namespaces within the active code file, project and/or solution. You will really love this new feature. Continue reading to learn more about it.

Published by on under Tips | Visual Studio 2015

Apart from the other cool new features, the giant company also added a feature in Microsoft Visual Studio named “Layout Management”. This is a nice feature for people working in multiple devices with Visual Studio 2015. Using this you will be able to save and sync your IDE layout across devices.

 

Today in this post, we are going to discuss on this and will learn how to save and sync the Window Layout. Continue reading and let us know, how this can benefit you.

Published by on under Tips | Visual Studio 2015

For some people, it is sometime irritating when the "Output" window automatically opens up in the screen when building a project or solution in Visual Studio. For some people, it's the reverse case and they want to check the entire log while the build is running or the console application is running in debug mode.

 

In Visual Studio, you can control this behavior and ask the IDE whether to open it into view or not. It’s not specific to Visual Studio 2015 and is available since VS 2013. Let's see how to enable/disable it.

Published by on under MVB | Tips

It happens many time (during coding or code review process), when we need a bigger space in our favorite Visual Studio IDE to check/read the code completely. Closing all the other docked windows/panel, toolbars and then adding them one by one is really very difficult and time consuming.

 

Visual Studio 2015 provides us an easy way to switch between a full screen and normal mode. This way, you don’t have to do extra work to create a bigger space. Continue reading to learn more on this topic.

Published by on under Tips | Visual Studio 2015

If you are working in Visual Studio 2015 IDE, you might have noticed the “Quick Launch” search bar, which allows you to quickly navigate to common menus and settings. This is a handy tool that you will need while searching for some options or feature within the popular IDE.

 

Today this post will cover how to enable/disable this “Quick Launch” bar. Continue reading to know this quick tips & tricks on Visual Studio 2015. Pass it on to your friends/colleagues.

Published by on under Tips | Visual Studio 2015