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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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      28 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.

      20 votes
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        2 comments  ·  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

        16 votes
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          6 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 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.

          9 votes
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            7 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.

            8 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow context menu verbs with file explorer integration without having a file type association

              On this page, there is explanation how to make a file explorer integration on a desktop bridge app:
              https://msdn.microsoft.com/sv-se/windows/uwp/porting/desktop-to-uwp-extensions

              In short you could add something like this in your manifest-file:

              <uap3:Extension Category="windows.fileTypeAssociation">
              <uap3:FileTypeAssociation Name="MyApp">
              <uap:SupportedFileTypes>
              <uap:FileType MultiSelectModel="Document">.txt</uap:FileType>
              <uap:FileType>.foo</uap:FileType>
              </uap:SupportedFileTypes>
              <uap2:SupportedVerbs>
              <uap3:Verb Id="Edit" Parameters="/e &quot;%1&quot;">Edit</uap3:Verb>
              <uap3:Verb Id="Print" Parameters="/p &quot;%1&quot;">Print</uap3:Verb>
              </uap2:SupportedVerbs>
              <uap:Logo>Assets\MyExtensionLogo.png</uap:Logo>
              </uap3:FileTypeAssociation>
              </uap3:Extension>

              I’m working on porting an app that could calculate MD5 checksums on a file. I want to add this as a context menu option on for instance zip and iso-files. But it’s not possible to do this without making a file type association as I get it :(.…

              6 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support Silverlight Out of Browser (OOB) apps at Desktop Bridge

                Silverlight OOB (Out of browser) apps use a manifest setting that makes their .xap deployable on the desktop

                they can be deployed manually (via Microsoft command-line tools) or from within the live web version of the SL app (programmatically following a user action or by right-clicking on area of the UI where no event handler is consuming the mouse event)

                they're running in the SL sandbox - they have elevated permissions only if signed and ask for such in their manifest

                it would be nice if the desktop bridge could wrap the Silverlight runtime and allow publishing such XAPs (the…

                6 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • UI Access support for Centennial Converter

                  We have a uwp in the store and a desktop companion app. Currently to install our software (and have it function) both programs are needed. Merging them into a single installer would benefit our users greatly. It seems in order to do that we need to either pull out of the store or convert our desktop app to a uwp and merge the two installers. The issue we run into is that our desktop app uses ui access. Is ui access support on the list of upcoming features? Having a good informed answer to this question will help tremendously in helping us understand how…

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                    5 comments  ·  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!

                    5 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  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 →
                      • 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.

                        4 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  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.

                          4 votes
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                            2 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.

                          • 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.

                            • 3 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Improve support Google IME

                                I tried the converted app using IME. Microsoft IME and JustSystems ATOK work fine. But Google IME launch failed as message is "Launch failed, please system reboot" on Creators Update. Of course, Win32 Apps and UWP Apps can use Goggle IME. We want to improve support Google IME.

                                3 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Fix BSOD during install if disk space is low

                                  If you have no more disk space; the install crashed. After that, you have a BSOD in loop ... You have to refresh your computer.

                                  2 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Build doesn't warn/fail when AppXPackageFileList LayoutFile items are missing

                                    Was scratching my head wondering what was going on until I enabled verbose msbuild output. Seems if a specified LayoutFile (in AppXPackageFileList) is missing, a file copy is skipped and no other output occurs. It seems this should, at the very least, raise a warning.

                                    2 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Documentation on how to call UWP API from C

                                      All the documentation on how to call UWP methods are in C# and require the .NET platform.

                                      Is there a low-level C interface as well? I'm developing a Java application so interop with C# is kinda tricky, while interop Shell32 API or C libraries is pretty easy and straightforward with JNA.

                                      2 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow to pass runtime arguments to Windows.ApplicationModel.FullTrustProcessLauncher.LaunchFullTrustProcessForCurrentAppAsync()

                                        Allow us to use runtime arguments for Windows.ApplicationModel.FullTrustProcessLauncher.LaunchFullTrustProcessForCurrentAppAsync() in addition to the parameters declared in the manifest

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                                          1 comment  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • PackageLayout value doesn't appear until Configuration is fiddled with

                                          Per https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-universal-windows-platform/suggestions/15094191-packagelayout-value-is-not-stored-with-vsdproj, we manually inject the PackageLayout msbuild property into the .vsdproj for source control purposes.

                                          The vsdproj extension doesn't immediately load this value into the project property window (PackageLayout text box) until you change your Configuration from its current value, to something else, and back again.

                                          0. Unload the .vsdproj

                                          1. Copy property from .vsdproj.user and inject into .vsdproj manually, removing the Configuration condition expression

                                          2. Delete the .user file

                                          3. Reload .vsdproj

                                          4. View project properties, note PackageLayout is blank

                                          5. Change Configuration from Debug to Release, then back to Debug

                                          6. Note PackageLayout is now filled…

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