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  1. Failing to start isolated environment

    [msft]
    Right now creating an isolated environment fails for some installers. if you see “E_STARTING_ISOLATED_ENV_FAILED” or “800705B4”, chances are it is this. If you feel it isn’t, please create a new issue.

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    I was able to run the converter on build 14316 and 14352. However, on build 14383, I got this error.

    Running Installer in Isolated Environment

    [2016-07-11T20:14:52] No installer valid exit codes specified. Using defaults: 0
    [2016-07-11T20:14:52] Replace any occurence of <log_folder> in -InstallerArguments with C:\shared\logs
    [2016-07-11T20:14:52] Creating Isolated Environment
    [2016-07-11T20:14:54] Starting the Isolated Environment
    [2016-07-11T20:16:55] An error occurred running your installer in isolation
    [2016-07-11T20:16:55] Invoke-IsolatedInstall : error…

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      27 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Centennial should be an SDK - not a mere converter

      It should be possible to create Visual Studio Centennial Project in WinForms, WPF, Win32, MFC, etc, which should also allow mixing of UWP Code (Like XAML UI) with full interop between native and UWP Platform. This should be the standard way to create and distribute powerful applications that are not restricted by the sandbox like universal apps.

      15 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Simplify Publish to Appx package (Centennial)

        Add Publish to Appx for Centennial button in VS. It should be <2 minute wizard with no CMD involvement if you want developers to add their software to the store. As simple as ClickOnce publishing. I do not want to convert MSIs

        13 votes
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          5 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thank you for your feedback. We are designing the tools needed to make the transition to appx easier, however it can not be as simple as adding a new button since the user needs to edit the manifest, associate to the store, etc.. If you are interested in providing feedback about this new feature, please contact me @ridomin

          Ricardo Minguez (Rido) [MSFT]

        • The Centennial appx does not pass Windows App Certification Kit!

          Mainly, because of errors like those:
          ...
          API GetOpenFileNameA in comdlg32.dll is not supported for this application type. COBATA(X)HTMLConstructor1.0Free.exe calls this API.
          ◦API GetOpenFileNameW in comdlg32.dll is not supported for this application type. COBATA(X)HTMLConstructor1.0Free.exe calls this API.
          ...

          10 votes
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            15 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • The installed Centennial executable does not know about its installed folders and cannot find them.

            For example, if in the msi/ appx is added folder, like Samples or Projects, it cannot be found by the open/ save dialogs, with set "Initial Directory", opened by the installed executable, even if the folder is installed in the installed executable's folder. Actually, initially I constructed the msi by placing the folder in the Documents folder, but the Centennial does not install it there, but in the VFS\.... It will be hard for the user to find these kind of folders too.

            8 votes
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              7 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Assigned Access not working with Electron

              I'm trying to use, in assigned access, an Electron application packaged as Appx with https://github.com/felixrieseberg/electron-windows-store. It is an application that opens a web app and let the user interact with it through a touchscreen.

              The Appx works like a charm when started manually (in tablet mode): it browse through the page, it shows touch keyboard when clicking on a textfield, and access local webcam displaying the video stream.

              I'd like to start the same application with assigned access in order to create a kiosk mode. But when i log in the kiosk user I see the loading spinner followed…

              7 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support multiple versions of a converted app in the store

                We have a server / cloud backend as part of our product. Each costumer may run a different version of this backend software.
                We have to provide different versions of our client application at the same time as converted app in the store.
                Project Centennial and the Store for Windows desktop apps MUST support versioning of a app.

                7 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Provide Desktop App Converter documentation for VB6

                  There are many thousands of "classic VB" (VB6 and before) programs out there, many of which would benefit from the Centennial treatment. It would be very useful for Microsoft to give some tips on how to allow VB6 apps to be converted so that they can be put in the Windows Store and run seamlessly under Windows 10. If possible include things like how to handle DLLs/OCXs etc., and common changes needed to be done for standard desktop installer e.g. MS Package and Deployment Wizard, or Inno Setup.

                  6 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Project Centennial appx submission developers assistent?

                    https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/projects/campaigns/desktop-bridge

                    The above link is like black hole since no e-mail confirmation and no developer-submission assistent' name or nickname provided, time shedule, etc...
                    It seems like run out of responsibility by Microsoft.

                    5 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Failed to Create Isolated Environment (E_CREATING_ISOLATED_ENV_FAILED)

                      Desktop App Converter] constantly fails with the E_CREATING_ISOLATED_ENV_FAILED error.

                      The inner exception that has sense is the "System.IO.DirectoryNotFoundException".

                      Inner Exception[3]:
                      System.IO.DirectoryNotFoundException: The system cannot find the path specified. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070003)

                      Most probably the problem is in these two lines:

                      Setting up Conversion Environment

                      [2016-10-21T14:23:26] Copying contents of D:\MyApp to C:\DesktopAppConverter\ccba45a0-1360-478d-b9e2-66d32dbedc0d\shared\installer to be shared with isolated environment
                      [2016-10-21T14:23:26] Copying KnownFolderDump.exe and its dependencies to C:\DesktopAppConverter\ccba45a0-1360-478d-b9e2-66d32dbedc0d\shared\dac\bin

                      I looked through the GUID-named folder and found no "SHARED" folder inside. So, no contents of MyApp and no KnownFolderDump.exe. The "dac" folder exists, but under "output", not under "shared".

                      And the "dac" folder…

                      4 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Removing licensing leaves app unprotected?

                        The docs say we should remove licensing management from our apps before wrapping. However, as far as I can see, once installed the user can change ownership of the Program Files\WindowsApp folder, navigate to the appx folder, and copy the original files out of there to another location where they can then be run as a standard win32 app and further copied. So if we have removed licensing management, are these files not entirely unprotected? Please flesh out the docs to explain.

                        4 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Provide checksums for BaseImage-*.wim files

                          It might be necessary to ensure the downloaded base images are not corrupted, and it would be very nice for you to provide them. Thanks!

                          4 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow uiAccess, elevated privs to pave the road for getting rid of MSI

                            Completely separate out UWP from its ties with sandboxing and the windows store. If we look at .appx/the new installation mechanism as a much saner version of app installation, then the more applications it allows, the better. Centennial takes big steps towards that, but I'd like to go even further.

                            My example: An interactive screen sharing app. It requires uiAccess (if I recall correctly, so that it can intercept alt+tab for sending to the remote host) and elevated privileges (so that it can send input events to elevated processes such as regedit, taskmgr, etc for when the remote user has…

                            4 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thank you for your feedback. uiAccess is on our backlog. See Thomas’s reply regarding elevation.

                            • Enable converted desktop apps to access Contacts, Appointments, and so on

                              Our desktop application provides users with custom contact data that we'd like to sync for them with Windows 10 contacts.

                              We are working on the Converted version of the app, to enable such capabilities, and to distribute our desktop app via the Windows Store, but we have to distribute it for previous versions of Windows as well, and so we can't afford having two completely different versions of the product for the time being.

                              It'd be fantastic if it could be possible to access such data from the converted classic apps.

                              3 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • What is Microsoft's plan for converting long lasting VB6 legacy application?

                                Since Microsoft had ended VB6 official support and continue to support VB6 runtime(32-bit) until 14 Jan 2020. For long lasting VB6 legacy application, is it suitable to make use of Desktop App Converter ? What is Microsoft's plan for long lasting VB6 legacy application?

                                3 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • A required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file

                                  I've followed the installation instructions exactly and even had to install another version of windows entirely to get it to work. However after this long process and another 30 minutes of installation. The powershell script exits with the following message:

                                  Exception calling "ProcessBaseLayer" with "1" argument(s): "A required certificate is not within its validity period
                                  when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file. (Exception from HRESULT:
                                  0x800B0101)"
                                  At C:\AppConverter\Setup.ps1:212 char:5
                                  + [Microsoft.Windows.ComputeVirtualization.ContainerStorage]::Proce ...
                                  + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                  + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [], MethodInvocationException
                                  + FullyQualifiedErrorId : COMException

                                  I'm running Windows 10 Enterprise version 1607 (build…

                                  3 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Centennial: cmd line arguments

                                    Centennial: cmd line arguments...

                                    Appx shortcuts do not support command line arguments. This is an issue for building Centennial apps that need them.

                                    A solution is needed.

                                    3 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Thank you for your feedback. This is in our backlog and we are considering to support it in the next iteration.

                                    • Random Hangs in VS15 setup when running using Centennial

                                      Hi,
                                      I started a VS15 Setup in Centennial, in a VM, and it stopped responding in the middle of the Setup.
                                      I got this Line multiple times at the end of the Setup:
                                      'Installer is no longer responding.'

                                      This doesn't always happen, when I run it multiple times, sometimes it stops responding, sometimes it runs till the end.

                                      2 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Capability "runFullTrust" not accepted by store when publishing app

                                        I've installed the Centennial DesktopAppConverter and have successfully converted my first Win32 app into UWP,
                                        works great!

                                        But when trying to publish the app on the store (which is a company account), I get the error below:

                                        Package acceptance validation error: We don’t allow the capability you’ve specified: runFullTrust.

                                        Package acceptance validation error: You don't have permissions to specify the following namespaces in the appx manifest
                                        file of the package ASD.appx: http://schemas.microsoft.com/appx/manifest/foundation/windows10/restrictedcapabilities

                                        I'm using the default settings from the "Centennial" app converter, without the "runFullTrust" setting, the app will not run at all.

                                        What do I need to do to…

                                        2 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • FullTrustProcessLauncher - <desktop:Extensions> give Error C00CE014

                                          Visual StudioEnterprise 2015 Update 2
                                          Universal Windows
                                          Target: Windows 10 Insider Preview (10.0; Build 14332)

                                          I modified the Package.appmanifest like shown in msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/mt711589.aspx. Basically just copied the lines from the page into it.

                                          At compilation:
                                          In Package.appxmanifest the line <desktop:Extensions> and <rescap:Capability...> gives warnings.
                                          In AppxManifest.xml <desktop:Extensions> produces this Validation error.

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                                            working on it  ·  6 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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