This is a non-Lisp related Public Service Message:
The boxes some of my users are running are pretty mediocre– running XP with really old hard drives that just chug along….
Installing .Net Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 and .Net Framework 3.5 and then trying to reboot, I find that the box is completely hosed. Plugging in the hardrive to another box… the computer no longer even recognizes it as NTFS!
After putting the backup image back onto it and adding some other software, rebooting several times, everything seems fine. But putting 2.0 SP1 and 3.5 on it again hoses it all over again. I don’t know if this is an isolated case or not– I don’t know what will happen if I try to deploy to other old boxes. I’d already deployed to several other machines just fine… but maybe not to any this old.
Maybe I missed some fine print somewhere, but this is not what I expect when doing what I’d otherwise expect to be a trivial installation.
I will follow this post up with additional details if I find anything out. I may be converting my desktop application to a web app if this happens again….