Monday, March 16, 2015

Upgrade to Visual Studio 2013 Express

Welcome to the future. It's nice of you to join us. Have you been limping along with very old outdated C/C++/C# toolsets? Still using Visual Studio 2010? 2008? Afraid to uninstall them for fear you will lose the ability to compile your projects. Let's take care of that right now, don't worry about a thing. In about 1-2 hours, you will be happily in the future, enjoying the modern conveniences of Visual Studio 2013. It's very nice here. Won't you join us?
  1. Remove Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and run the uninstall utility
  2. NameSizeVersion
    Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 175.9 MB10.0.40219
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Express - ENU10.0.40219
    Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Express - ENU10.0.40219
    Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express Prerequisites x64 - ENU21.6 MB10.0.40219

    You can follow the instructions I posted in the 3/13/2015 update to Download sites for old, free MS compilers and IDEs but the system restore point has dubious value. In fact it didn't help at all. When I was in trouble I found myself reinstalling the application then removing it again in the correct order. The key here is to uninstall SP1 first, then use Stewart Heath's VS2010 uninstall utility in default mode. If you find yourself in trouble, reinstall VS2010 and VS2010-SP1. If you need installers I have them here in my dropbox.

  3. Remove Visual Studio 2008 SP1.
  4. NameSizeVersion
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition with SP1 - ENU

    Same here, make sure you have an installer. The web installer in my dropbox still works surprisingly. Any trouble, reinstall and uninstall again.

  5. Remove both SDKs for Windows 7 and .NET Frameworks 3.5 and 4.0
  6. NameSizeVersion
    Microsoft SDK for Windows 7 (7.1)7.0.7600.16385.40715
    Microsoft SDK for Windows 7 (7.0)7.1.7600.0.30514

    If you have any issues with this, look at the last entry in the log. There's a View Log button when setup fails next to the Finish button. A part of the SDK that the installer is looking for may be missing. Search for the keyword "fail" and "unknown source". If you find an unknown source in the log file, download and extract the ISO from the SDK archives page and run the installer for the missing component. Any archive client will work. I use 7-zip 9-22beta. For SDK 7.0 I had to reinstall Intellidocs before I could completely remove the SDK. And for SDK 7.1 I had to install the Windows Performance Toolkit to remove the SDK completely. Only the ISO will work here, not the redistributables.

    Also beware of the Microsoft Install/Uninstall Fixit it doesn't actually do anything but clean your registry. It removed both SDKs but then wouldn't let me reinstall them, all of the files were still in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.x all that was different was that they were not in the add/remove programs control panel.

  7. Remove everything else
  8. NameSizeVersion
    Microsoft Document Explorer 2008
    Microsoft Help Viewer 1.13.97 MB1.1.40219
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Objects12.4 MB10.50.1750.9
    Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 ENU3.39 MB3.5.8080.0
    Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 x64 ENU4.50 MB3.5.8080.0
    Microsoft SQL Server System CLR Types930 KB10.50.1750.9
    Application Verifier (x64)55.3 MB4.1.1078
    Debugging Tools for Windows (x64)39.8 MB6.12.2.633
    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Remote Debugger light (x64) - ENU
    Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 ADO.NET Entity Framework Tools34.2 MB10.0.40219
    Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime (x64)10.0.50903
    Microsoft Windows Performance Toolkit26.1 MB4.8.0
    Microsoft Windows SDK for Visual Studio 2008 Headers and Libraries114 MB6.1.5288.17011
    Microsoft Windows SDK for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Express
    Tools for .NET Framework - enu
    4.41 MB3.5.30729
    Microsoft Windows SDK for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Express
    Tools for Win32
    2.61 MB6.1.5295.17011

    As you can see there is a lot of detritus left behind.

  9. Remove the 2008 & 2010 C++ compilers and the Visual C++ 2010 SP1 redistributables.
  10. NameSizeVersion
    Microsoft Visual C++ Compilers 2008 Standard Edition - enu - x64127 MB9.0.30729
    Microsoft Visual C++ Compilers 2008 Standard Edition - enu - x86321 MB9.0.30729
    Microsoft Visual C++ Compilers 2010 SP1 Standard - x64206 MB10.0.40219
    Microsoft Visual C++ Compilers 2010 SP1 Standard - x86613 MB10.0.40219
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable - 10.0.402196.86 MB10.0.40219
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable - 10.0.402195.44 MB10.0.40219

    These will be reinstalled later. You can not install Windows SDK for Windows 7 (7.1) with NET 4.0 Framework if you already have the Visual C++ 2010 SP1 redistributable installed or you will get the dreaded error 5100.

  11. Reinstall both SDKs
  12. Use the web installers linked from the SDK archives page.

  13. Install C++ compiler for Python 2.7 and patch vcvarsall.bat
  14. The standalone Python compiler will install the VS2008 (VC90) compilers and headers as well as the vcvarsall.bat batch file that sets environment variables necessary to build Python packages on the fly using pip and setuptools>=6.0. However to build packages using distutils, i.e.: python build you will need to patch vcvarsall.bat in your C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC directory. To do this copy the vcvarsall.txt file that the SDK created as vcvarsall.bat, then patch it with the Gist in my post. i.e.: patch vcvarsall.bat vcvarsall.bat.patch in bash after downloading and extracting the Gist.

  15. Reinstall the Visual C++ 2010 redistributables for x64 and x86
  16. Install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 compiler update for Windows SDK 7.1
  17. Install VS2013 Express with Update 4 or the free VS2013 Community edition.
  18. The Express edition only has VB, C# and C/C++ compilers, and does not allow extensions, whereas the community edition has everything, but is restricted for commercial use in large corporations.


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