Installing the WPF/E Developer Environment on Windows Vista

Installing the WPF/E Developer Environment on Windows Vista

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Although the client runtime is an easy install, I came across a few quirks in installing the full "WPF/E" developer environment on Windows Vista (hey, this is bleeding edge, after all!)

I thought I'd post a quick summary of the steps here in the hope that it might be useful to someone. [We refreshed the SDK on December 22nd, so I've updated the instructions accordingly...] 

  1. Close any open instances of Visual Studio 2005;
  2. Install the Visual Studio 2005 SP1 and Vista Support Update (if necessary); 
  3. Install the "WPF/E" December CTP client runtime;
  4. Install the "WPF/E" December CTP SDK (updated 12/22);
  5. Install the VS template from Start / All Programs / WPFE SDK / Tools / Install WPFE VS Template;
  6. Open an elevated command prompt (this is important);
  7. From the prompt, run %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE\devenv /setup
  8. Finished!

Now, when you open Visual Studio 2005, you should see the "WPF/E" template here:
  

Good luck!

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