Microsoft: When you have a DVD with room, please bundle your dependencies

I just started an install of Expression Studio 4 from the gold DVD ISO.

Annoyingly, Expression Studio 4 requires .NET Framework 4.0 but—unlike Visual Studio 2010—Expression Sudio doesn’t actually bundle the installer for .NET Framework 4.0.


Arg! The download is huge.


This approach makes total sense if the Expression Studio was actually installed over the net but it isn’t. I have a DVD image and it’s only 40% filled. I wonder if most installation scenarios assumed that Visual Studio 2010 would be installed first? I don’t know but if you want to avoid the extra download time for .NET FX 4.0, install Visual Studio 2010 before Expression Studio 4.0.

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