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Visual Studio 2010 SDK

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  • Version: 2010
  • Category: SDK
  • Language: English

The Visual Studio 2010 SDK provides tools and templates for building Visual Studio extensions. By using the Visual Studio 2010 SDK, you can build your own tool windows, create menu commands, and add extensions to the new Visual Studio editor and other features.

  • The Visual Studio 2010 SDK includes project templates that help developers create tool windows, menu commands, isolated shell projects, and editor extensions. The editor extensions include text adornments, colorizers, and margins.

    The Visual Studio 2010 SDK also includes build tasks that help developers build and debug extensions. Building and debugging are managed in a second instance of Visual Studio named the experimental instance. The experimental instance provides a test bed for extensions without changing the primary installation of Visual Studio.

    The SDK also puts shortcuts to online documentation, samples, and other developer resources on the Start menu.


Status: Deleted

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FileSHA1 HashSize
VsSDK_sfx.exe008ec9b6d526f4f793471c82855381595eb36f3511.49 MB

System Requirements

Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86), Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 editions, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows XP Service Pack 3

      • Windows XP (x86) with Service Pack 3 - all editions except Starter Edition
      • Windows Vista (x86 & x64) with Service Pack 2 - all editions except Starter Edition
      • Windows 7 (x86 and x64)
      • Windows Server 2003 (x86 & x64) with Service Pack 2 - all editions
        • Users will need to install MSXML6 if not already present
      • Windows Server 2003 R2 (x86 and x64) - all editions
      • Windows Server 2008 (x86 and x64) with Service Pack 2 - all editions
      • Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64) - all editions

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