First, the patch removal tool, now officially called the “Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack Preparation Tool”.
Wait ages. Useless progress bar stuck at 50%. Wait some more.
Help – it’s asking for the Visual Studio DVD. Hey, at least it proves it is doing something. But where is it? Scrabble round office, eventually find .iso instead and mount it.
Wait ages. We are now over an hour into this install, and haven’t got past the preparation tool yet. Still useless progress bar stuck at 50%.
It’s done at last. Next, mount and run the SP1 iso:
Wait again. This is when you need multiple computers in order to get on with your work.
Now Windows Update pops up to request a restart. I’m not sure if this is coincidence, or something triggered by the install. It doesn’t seem a good plan to restart when the SP1 installer is still chugging away, so I refuse.
Done. Now the installer requests the inevitable Windows restart.
Still need to reinstall Silverlight beta 2:
That one wasn’t too bad in comparison.
Overall: took longer than I’d like, but it worked.