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I have Visual C# Express installed on my PC (for XNA development back when that was required) and I can't uninstall it (it can't find one of the .msi files). I'd like to reinstall it so I can then remove it but I can't find the installer.

Any idea where I can re-download the VC# Express 2005 installer? I've looked all over Microsoft's web site but everything points back to the 2008 versions. I've found some installers online but the sites are dubious freeware sites.

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Why not upgrade to VC# 2008 ? – Sathya Sep 1 '09 at 17:15
@Sathya: The point is Dana is trying to uninstall VS2005, but due to the missing .msi, has to reinstall/repair to do so. – Will Eddins Sep 1 '09 at 17:18
I had the same problem : if he upgrades to VS2008 he will just compound the problem, because the 2 installations will get mixed-up. He HAS to get rid off 2005 BEFORE installing 2008. Else he will just double his problem. – harrymc Sep 1 '09 at 19:25
@harrymc - 2008 can be installed alongside 2005 without any problems. They install into separate directories etc. – ChrisF Sep 1 '09 at 21:04
I've run both 2005 and 2008 before with no problems. I'm just cleaning up and want to get rid of it. – Dana Robinson Sep 1 '09 at 21:31
up vote 1 down vote accepted

See my answer on stackoverflow:

The direct download link is

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That worked perfectly! Thanks! – Dana Robinson Sep 1 '09 at 22:19

I've had a similar problem, and it was a royal pain in the somewhere to totally remove VS2005.
The installation CD doesn't help, since your installation is already screwed up.
I finally found this article that made it possible : How to remove Visual Studio 2005.
Good luck.

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That article may or may not work for the express edition, unless that's what you had. – Will Eddins Sep 1 '09 at 17:35
I didn't have express, but this article was also given on the Microsoft site as the solution for express. – harrymc Sep 1 '09 at 19:23

If you have access to MSDN (through school, work, or a personal account), you should be able to download it again. I know I can get VS2005 Express Editions through MSDNAA.

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