AVRSudio 5.0 installer hangs while installing VS Isolated Shell 2010

Problem :

While installing "Visual studio Isolated shell 10.0" the install starts up correctly, but when you click "Next" it does nothing and also doesn’t return. It seems to use 50% of CPU in a dual core machine.

Workaround :

The Visual studio Isolated Shell 2010 installer seems to use some dll’s that are part of either Internet explorer or serviced by it. Unfortunately the installer is not compatible with some versions of the IE. There are two choices I know to fix this issue.

  1. Uninstall Internet explorer and try restoring the previous one. This will remove all the KB updates for internet explorer and will restore IE 6 in XP machines, IE8 in Windows 7, (basically the default one shipped with OS).
  2. The first step is pretty aggressive and if you feel that the effort is not worth for what you are trying to achieve, then do a silent install of AVR Studio 5.0. This can be done as follows.
    • Make sure you have .NET Framework 4.0 installed. If not you can download and install it from here.
    • Download the AVR Studio 5.0 installer to your local machine.
    • Then, from command prompt run the command <avrstudio5installername.exe> –s where avrstudio5installername is the name of the installer that you downloaded. (If you are running windows 7 or windows Vista or server 2008, then remember to answer the UAC prompt dialog)
    • The command prompt will immediately return, but the installer will be started in the background. This will take around 10-15 minutes to complete. (Please see task manager for the process msiexec.exe and <avrstudio5installername>.exe) to know the progress.
    • Once it is completed then you should see a shortcut in the desktop “AVR Studio 5.0”. Click it and you should be good to go.