On my XP PRO SP3 I cannot open latest release (Abiword Portable 2.8.6) and I get these event errors:
Error ID 34
Description: [something about identity found in manifest...]
Error ID 58
Description: "syntax error in file manifest file or criteria "D:\work\zip\AbiWord Portable286\App\AbiWord\bin\Microsoft.VC90.CRT.MANIFEST"; line 11"
Error ID 59
Description: "...Generate Activation Context failed..."
Note than dlls in bin folders seem conformed to manifest
msvcm90.dll - 9.0.30729.1
msvcp90.dll - 9.0.30729.1
msvcr90.dll - 9.0.30729.1
Renaming msvc*90.dll in path don't solve the problem.
I solved it overwriting manifest
with manifest of 2.8.2 release - which is different in line 8:
version="9.0.30729.1" (has error)
version="9.0.21022.8" (works fine)