Error installing Microsoft visual studio 2008 SP1 update

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I have a deadline for my Visual Studio project, but I don’t seem to be making any progress since I cannot install Visual Studio 2008 SP1 on my computer.

I have downloaded the Visual Studio update from Microsoft site and tried to install it on my computer.

But when I try to run the generated exe file it gives me a pop up with message saying:

See error screen below.

Installer UI Mode Error: – Installer User Interface Mode Not Supported
Unable to load and to prepare the installer in GUI mode.

After some research, I learnt there could be a problem with my windows user name containing special characters.

So, I checked but mine is just fine and contains no special characters. What am I missing out in my installation?

Could there be another solution to the problem apart from checking on the username?

I need a solution ASAP.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #127126

Error installing Microsoft visual studio 2008 SP1 update


This is caused by the Windows username having a character in it such as old;">/:*?'<>| and possibly any other non alpha-numeric characters, installation through non-administrator users and outdated DirectX and .Net Framework.

  1. Rename username in windows with only "ALPHA-NUMERIC CHARACTERS". Check your previous account usernames some of which may not be completely or properly removed.
  2. Make sure that you are installing your Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1 update as an "Administrator User". A User Interface error would appear if you are using a Guest account.
  3. Make sure your DirectX and .Net Framework is updated. Microsoft Visual Studio requires updated DirectX and .Net Framework to work properly.
Answered By 0 points N/A #127128

Error installing Microsoft visual studio 2008 SP1 update


Hello Jasmine,

The error that have shown indicates incompatibility between your software and your system. Visual Studio normally runs on Service Pack 2 or higher. I recommend that you upgrade to the latest service packs (SP2 / SP3) to prevent future errors.
Another point to consider is the .Net Framework. The .Net Framework used in the Visual Studio 2008 is 2.0 and 3.5.
Also ensure your computers specifications meets the software's desired system requirements. You can download .Net Framework via Google. But before that you have to upgrade or install Service Pack 2 or higher.
This should help.
Good luck.

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