I know nothing about Atmel Studio other than roughly what it is, and have never used it.
One of the production techs just came to me saying that a shortcut he's clicked for years to program a Atmel doesn't work anymore. This shortcut runs Atmel Studio 6. It starts up, displays its splash screen, then after a few seconds barfs on something like "Can't create window". I figure some software component of Studio or something it relies on got accidentally wiped out on that machine.
I'd like to re-install Studio 6, hoping that the deleted component gets re-installed in the process. However, I can't find any Studio 6 install file on any reputable site. I checked the Microchip and Atmel sites, including the "software archive" section of the Microchip site. The only version of Studio I could find anywhere is 7.
Various web sites out there claim to have Studio 6 installers, but most of them are of questionable heritage. Element 14 (who I'd trust) claims to have it, but the page is not available when you click on it. It looks like DigiKey used to have it too, but that it's been taken down. It almost seems like Microchip has gone out of their way to make Studio 6 unavailable, but that's not been their policy with old versions of MPLAB.
So the question is, Where do I find Atmel Studio 6 installer on a official or highly reputable site?
I can install Studio 7, but I'm worried about some minor incompatibility, plus then someone has to actually know something about Studio to set it up, figure out how to point it to the file to program, etc. Nobody here, including me, knows anything about Studio, and I'd rather avoid spending the time to delve into it.