Installing Visual Studio 2005 on Windows 7

Today I received a new computer at work, while that’s great news, the bad news is I now need to move everything from 4 years at this company to the new PC (including things that were on the PC before I started). We have some legacy programs that still are using Visual Studio 2005 (yeah i know, you don’t have to say update them!) My new computer is running Windows 7 and while installing VS 2005 I ran into a few problems that took me most the day to figure out.

Installing VS 2005 on Win 7

When you first put in the VS 2005 CD the install will begin, you are suddenly startled with a popup window telling you that there are known problems with VS 2005 and Win 7 and that you need to install “Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista”, this is misleading because you haven’t even installed VS 2005 yet so running the file they are pushing at you will not help. Instead, go ahead and install VS 2005 normaly from CD (or file). Next I had forgot that when VS 2005 was released, it didn’t support Web Applications and there was an update for that, so my next step is to install VS 2005 SP1 (this took me forever to find the correct download) http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=5553 after installing SP1 you will then install the “for Vista update” located at http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=7524 and yes this is for Windows 7, even though it also says Vista.

One other thing I did install between the full version and SP1 was http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=6071 Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 – Update to Support Web Application Projects. The reason I left it out of the above list is beacuse I’m not sure if you need it, the Web Application updates maybe in SP1, but if you run into problems try installing this also.

Oh, and don’t forget to go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE\ right click on devenv.exe and choose run as administrator.

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