The goal (this is the audio part): To install the Focusrite Forte Control Panel and Driver
The system: Windows XP
The problem that should be simple to solve: The Focusrite stuff, for some reason, requires .NET_Framework 3.5. I have 3.0 on the studio computer.
So why not just download and install 3.5? It won't install. The reason it won't install, and I get this from the hard-to-find error log, is that it's trying to first uninstall all previous versions of .NET_Framework and it cant. It's looking in the wrong place for the .msi file that has the uninstaller. It says that it's a network resource and is unavailable. Would I like to tell it to look in another location? So I find the file myself (on the computer's hard drive), enter its location, and it tells me the same thing. :
Round and round we go. There were hints that it was also trying to uninstall verision 1.1 and 2.0. I tried uninstalling them from the Windows Control Panel (Add/Remove programs) and got the same results - can't find the .msi file, not even when I tell it where it is.
So I try Revo Uninstaller which starts out using the standard Windows uninstall (which it can't find either), and then searches out the disk, including registry entries, for any remains of the programs. Usually it's just a few. It's never failed me yet. But this time, since it couldn't run the uninstall, it gave me a whole bunch of things to delete. I let it do it, and then the program appeared to be gone. Still, the NET-Framework 3.5 tried to uninstall it, failed, and gave up.
So I searched the web and found a tool that claimed to absolutely remove .NET_Framework, all versions up through 3.5. I ran that (even after deleting all the files and folders that Revo indicated has parts of the program), it said the uninstall was successful, and still the new version didn't go.
Fortunately, the computer is still working. I don't want to uninstall Version 3 since I know I have a couple of programs that I use regularly that depend on it. I'm afraid that if I uninstall the version I'm using, I won't be able to install another copy.
So what's next? Please don't tell me to do a clean Windows install. I think I have a "restoration" disk for this computer, but it's at least 4 years old so there would be a whole lot of updating to do if I could get it to re-install. And even then, unless I reformatted the disk and started from scratch, it might still not get rid of what's getting in the way.
It's enough to drive me to getting a Mac!