Installing Visual Studio 2008/2010

Optional – Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 Installation

  1. I suggest you do NOT install InfoPath 2007 unless you absolutely know you want to use it. ;)
  2. InfoPath is only needed if you plan to develop using InfoPath 2007 forms.
  3. Install InfoPath 2007 and Visual Studio Tools for Applications.  This option is under of the InfoPath installation option, under the .NET Programmability Support section.
    Note: Other application such as Word, Excel, and Access may also be useful on your development machine.

Visual Studio 2010 Installation

  1. Install Visual Studio 2010 (Team System, Ultimate, Professional) – x86
    1. The Team Explorer and Source Control Explorer are included with VS2010. They can be found here:
      1. View > Team Explorer
      2. View > Other Windows > Source Control Explorer
    2. Optional: To customize a toolbar to add the Source Control Explorer and Pending Changes links.
      (In my opinion, the toolbar customization tool in VS2010 has taken a step backwords in usability.)
      • Right-mouse click on a toolbar and click Customize.
      • Select Toolbar option.
      • Select the toolbar you want to modify (i.e. “Source Control – Team Foundation”)
      • Click Add Command…
      • Select the View category.
      • Scroll down to TfsPendingChanges and TfsSourceControlExplorer. Select one of these and click OK.

Visual Studio 2008 Installation (Alternative to VS 2010)

  1. Install Visual Studio 2010 (Team System, Ultimate, Professional) – x86
  2. Install Visual Studio Team Explorer 2008.
    • Run the Setup.exe located in the TFC folder of the Visual Studio 2008 DVD.
  3. Install any service pack for Visual Studio.
  4. Optional – Install Visual Studio 2008 Hotfix:
    Fixes the bug that crashes the VS IDE when the VS windows layout is changed. This is apparently not a problem for everyone.


Optional: Visual Studio Configuration:

  1. Configure a “Run Selected Command” in Visual Studio. In Visual Studio, create a new External Command by clicking Tools > External Tools.
    1. Title: Run &Batch Command
    2. Command: C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe
    3. Arguments: /C $(ItemFileName)
    4. Initial Directory: $(ItemDir)
    5. Check the “Use Output window”
  2. Configure the GUIDGen (Zip File) tool.
  3. Keep Tabs: In the Visual Studio Options (Text Editor > All Languages section), set the “Keep Tabs” setting in the Text Editor tab settings. You can set the Tab Size and Indent Size to any value you like, but be sure to select the Keep Tabs options. In a multi-developer team, this will format the text to each developer’s preferred code indent size, and keep consistent indentation throughout the code.
  4. Source Control: Set the default source code download.
  5. Configure the Track Active Item in Solution Explorer:
    1. Open the Visual Studio Options via Tools > Options.
    2. Drill down to Projects and Solutions > General.
    3. Check the Track Active Item in Solution Explorer option.

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