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Classic Shell for Windows 8

  1. #251


    Canberra
    Posts : 135
    Win 8 x64 Pro


    Fixed...thanks Ivo

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  2. #252


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    I have Windows 8 Pro 64bit installed and when I try to install Classic shell 3.6.8 I get an error.
    The application has failed to start because the side-by-side configuration is incorrect.

    I also have Windows Server 2012 and get the same error.

    Do I need to load anything else before Classic shell to make it install correctly?
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  3. #253


    Posts : 158
    Windows 7


    No, Classic Shell has no external dependencies. It should work on a fresh OS installation with no additional software.
    How far into the installer do you get?
    You can try using the logging option to see what is failing: Classic Shell: FAQ
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  4. #254


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    I click the EXE and immediately get the error.
    I've tried Run as Admin which makes no difference.

    I have a second older Windows Server 2012 setup that loaded classic shell fine but when the update came through it also fails with the Side-by-Side error. All are 64 bit so I don't know if that has any bearing on the problem. The previous version of CS must of loaded OK at the start of the year for me to be using it on the older server. This is now happening on 3 units, 2 servers and one PC so I don't think hardware is the issue.

    OK tried logging, the EXE doesn't start as there isn't a log file produced.

    I've done a trace

    =================
    Begin Activation Context Generation.
    Input Parameter:
    Flags = 0
    ProcessorArchitecture = AMD64
    CultureFallBacks = en-US;en
    ManifestPath = C:\Users\david\Downloads\ClassicShellSetup_3_6_8.exe
    AssemblyDirectory = C:\Users\david\Downloads\
    Application Config File =
    -----------------
    INFO: Parsing Manifest File C:\Users\david\Downloads\ClassicShellSetup_3_6_8.exe.
    INFO: Manifest Definition Identity is (null).
    ERROR: Line 0: XML Syntax error.
    ERROR: Activation Context generation failed.
    End Activation Context Generation.
    =================

    Does that help?
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  5. #255


    Posts : 158
    Windows 7


    It may be a bad download. Try downloading again.
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  6. #256


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    I've downloaded the installer individually on each piece of hardware and have just downloaded it again on this new Windows 8 PC and it still fails.

    Is it possible Microsoft have changed something in an update for Windows 8 that is now giving the error with your installer?
    Could you extract the files from your current installer and make sure the XML file is correct for Win 8?
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  7. #257


    Posts : 158
    Windows 7


    Not sure what you mean by "extract the files and make sure the XML file is correct". There are no XML files in the installer.
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  8. #258


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit
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  9. #259


    Posts : 158
    Windows 7


    The installer statically links all libraries it needs. The only thing in its manifest is Common Controls v6, which should be present on all machines since XP. What you are seeing is not typical. Something is busted on your end.
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  10. #260


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    Possibly, but the common factor is Window 8 64bit core software. It installs fine on all the XP 32bit and Windows 7 32bit machines I've tried. It only fails on Windows Server 2012 (which is Window 8 64bit underneath) and Windows 8 Pro. Very strange. I wouldn't put it passed MS to tweak Win 8 so Classic Shell doesn't load because they don't want people using the old menu system.

    Using a server with the new interface is crazy. I can't see a time when a server is run using a touch screen. I started with Windows 3.0 and Unix so even the Windows 7 interface annoys me :-)
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