Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Installing the Visual Studio SDK

One issue I recently encountered was while attempting to install the Visual Studio 2010 SDK.

When I performed a Google search for Visual Studio 2010 SDK and came across this particular download link:

However, if you look at the date for the release of the Visual Studio 2010 SDK, you will notice that it was originally released in 2010, thus making it quite old.

If you then attempt to install it on a machine that already has an installation of Visual Studio 2010 SP1, you will discover that it cannot find an instance of Visual Studio on your machine.

Therefore, if you have Visual Studio 2010 SP1 installed, you will instead have to install the Visual Studio 2010 SP1 SDK instead: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=21835

So if you need the Visual Studio SDK to begin creating Visual Studio extensions, just make sure you have the correct corresponding version of the Visual Studio SDK downloaded!

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