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  • I have been running WHS 2011 with the various releases of Windows 8 64-bits betas. I did a new installation of Windows 8 64-bit RTM. I installed the Connector software from my WHS 2011 server. Installation finishes with the normal message about connecting to the Dashboard after logging out. I see Launchpad and Dashboard on my metro-desktop. I try to run either of them and nothing happens. No errors, nothing shows up.

    I have read the Microsoft warnings about previous beta's of Windows 8 and the WHS connector requiring .NET 3.5 (apparently .NET 4.5 comes installed with Windows 8).  I have followed instructions to manually install .NET 3.5 from the Control Panel:Turn Windows Features On or Off (.NET 3.5 & 4.5 have an X in the installed box.

    In the Dashboard Client log I see this error message;

    An exception of type 'Type: System.Windows.Markup.XamlParseException, PresentationFramework, Version=4.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35' has occurred.
    Timestamp: 09/08/2012 14:23:00
    Message: Provide value on 'System.Windows.Baml2006.TypeConverterMarkupExtension' threw an exception.

    Also:

    An exception of type 'Type: System.Xaml.XamlParseException, System.Xaml, Version=4.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089' has occurred.
    Timestamp: 09/08/2012 14:23:00
    Message: Type reference cannot find type named '{http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation}FrameworkElement'.

    In the Launchpad log I see:

    An exception of type 'Type: System.Xaml.XamlParseException, System.Xaml, Version=4.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089' has occurred.
    Timestamp: 09/08/2012 14:22:51
    Message: Type reference cannot find type named '{http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation}FrameworkElement'.

    Thank you.

    Saturday, September 8, 2012 6:24 PM

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