Visual Studio on Vista

This all looks a bit alarming… The gist being that none of Microsoft’s dev tools for the .Net framework are fully compatible with Vista and only VS2005 is ever going to be. This leaves mine and everyone else’s 1.1 projects out in the cold as far as Vista is concerned.

There are lots of efforts around to get VS 2005 building against the .Net framework 1.1 but surely, especially in light of the fact that the Windows folk claim it is a piece of piddle to get your applications to run on Vista, we should be able to run 2003.



Jonathan Allen links to a bit of Microsoft opinion on this issue… The official line lies between “great progress w/Vista on the security front” and “We are just as (financially)constrained as everyone else”. In some ways I can buy the first one. Security is a trade off and generally, to get the benefits, you have to give up something. Whilst the second one may be true in that the dev tools folk no doubt have a budget and a finite amount of resources I don’t think it is a good choice of argument to pacify the VS using public. As it happens, it also turns out that most of VS2003 will work if you are running as admin so hopefully it isn’t going to be too much of an issue.

2 Responses to “Visual Studio on Vista”

  1. 1 Phil Winstanley October 1, 2006 at 10:15 am

    It’s a shame, but virtualisation will be the key to this one.

  2. 2 Graham Pengelly October 1, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    I’ve heard that mentioned somewhere else… ‘run XP in Virtual PC and develop on that.’ There are a couple of issues there. First, that means technically you need two OS licenses if you upgrade from your old XP license to Vista. That is bad. Secondly, unless I am doing something wrong, performance isn’t the same, nor should we really expect it to be, in a virtual machine. Neither of these are really a problem for me as I have more OS licenses than I need and most of my 1.1 solutions aren’t that big relatively speaking. People with large solutions are going to take a performance hit in the IDE and people with as many OS licenses as they need are going to need more if they are going to remain compliant. I think the way to go would be something like this from Robert McLaws or MSBee but surely Microsoft could spare a couple of people to get something official done that integrates well with the IDE. Time spent on this functionality surely wouldn’t be wasted as I would be very suprised if it wasn’t in the feature list for the next version anyway.

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