Ferry Meidianto | /* Living in .NET World */

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VS2010 Tips #2: Visual Studio 2010 side-by-side installation with earlier versions

In some forums in found that people asking whether he/she can install Visual Studio 2010 side-by-side with earlier version(s) of it.

The answer is YES.

I have Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio 2008, and Visual Studio 2010 installed in one machine (OS is Vista Ultimate 32bit).

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If I open Program Files, I can see that they are installed in different folders.

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So you don’t need to worry to install Visual Studio 2010 in the same machine having previous version installed.

Even though you can install in random of back-ward order, I suggest to install in forward order, VS2005 -> VS2008 -> VS2010.

Having more than one version of visual studio installed is useful if you’re working with a lot of projects built using different version of Visual Studio. Because although VS2010 provides multi-targeting feature for the framework, the Project and Solution is not compatible and sometime upgrading is not a good solution if your client still using VS2005 or VS2008.

Hope this information useful for you.

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