Hook Up Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview and Visual Studio Express for Windows Developer Preview to Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview content on MSDN

Hook Up Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview and Visual Studio Express for Windows Developer Preview to Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview content on MSDN

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I hope you’ve been having fun exploring the new features of both Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview and Windows 8 Developer Preview!

At the time that we were getting all our bits ready to release to manufacturing for the //build conference, we did not yet have the Dev11 query service enabled on our MSDN Library site. As a result, the IDE is still pointing to the Dev10 query service both for Help | View Help and for F1 requests.

Since //build we have deployed the Dev11 query service, and you can now tweak your registry to point to that. << insert standard caveat here about modifying the registry yourself… :) >>

For Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview:

//32-bit
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\Help]
"OnlineBaseURL"="http://msdn.microsoft.com/query/dev11.query?appId=Dev11IDEF1&l="

//64-bit
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\Help]
"OnlineBaseURL"="http://msdn.microsoft.com/query/dev11.query?appId=Dev11IDEF1&l="

For Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Developer Preview:

//32-bit
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VSWinExpress\11.0\Help]
"OnlineBaseURL"="http://msdn.microsoft.com/query/dev11.query?appId=Dev11IDEF1&l="

 //64-bit
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\VSWinExpress\11.0\Help]
"OnlineBaseURL"="http://msdn.microsoft.com/query/dev11.query?appId=Dev11IDEF1&l="

If you were running Visual Studio when you made these changes, shut it down and restart it. Now if you select Help|View Help or press F1, you will be directed to the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview content.

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  • I cannot find a Help node in the registry of either a Win 7 machine or a Win 8 DP machine where VS 11 DP is installed.

    What am I doing wrong?

  • Hello pvdg42 - you can just create the node yourself - it is not created by default.

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