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PostPosted: Wed, 27-04-11, 10:30 GMT 
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Here is a little VS2010 blog for those of you who do programming work (Celestia!,...) using the free
MS VC++ 2010 Express compiler IDE. Quite recently, a SP1 release became available for the VS2010 compilers that is worth implementing. But some care is required during the installation:

Let's proceed step-by-step starting with the canonical installation of VS2010 Express:

1) Install Visual Studio 2010 Express
http://www.microsoft.com/express/Downlo ... Visual-CPP

2) Install Windows SDK 7.1
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/d ... laylang=en

Unlike the earlier VS2008 Express, 1) + 2) provided a pretty workable compiler environment for BOTH X64 and X86 settings during the past year or so. Yet, a number of remaining quirks led to the said SP1 for all Visual Studio 2010 compiler versions.

3) Install Visual Studio 2010 SP1 (with VS2010 being already installed!):
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/d ... 22627e57a5

The release date of the SP1 pack is March 3rd 2011.
That should have been it, however...

An issue has been discovered, where Visual C++ Compilers and libraries that are installed with the Windows SDK 7.1 are removed when Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 is installed. This notably refers to the x64 part. Fortunately, on March 30th 2011 an official update to the SDK 7.1 became available that fixes the problem.

4) Install Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Compiler Update for the Windows SDK 7.1
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/d ... laylang=en

Note: the sequence of installs is unfortunately quite crucial! The recommended one is
1), 2), 3), 4). PLEASE do read about errors that may occur otherwise in the readme that accompanies the fix 4)!

On my machines, I stuck to the sequence 1),2),3),4) and everything installed fine and seems to work OK.

Good luck,
Fridger


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