Finding the Visual Studio Command Prompts in Visual Studio 2012

Finding the Visual Studio Command Prompts in Visual Studio 2012

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If you’re using Visual Studio 2012 on Windows 8, you may be looking for the Visual Studio Command Prompt shortcuts.  These shortcuts are installed by Visual Studio to run scripts that configure the command line environment to use particular sets of Visual Studio tools, or to use specific versions of the Visual C++ compiler from the command line.

These shortcuts are installed with Visual Studio 2012, but only the “Developer Command Prompt for VS2012” (which is equivalent to the shortcut for the x86 native tools) is pinned to the Start screen by default.  The command prompts for the x64 cross tools, the x64 native tools, and the ARM cross tools are installed but aren’t pinned.

To find these shortcuts, you can search for them at the Start screen (just type “VS2012 command prompt” without the quotes while you’re on the Start screen):

If you want to keep them visible on your Start screen, you can right-click on the tile and choose “Pin to Start”:

(Please note: depending on the version of Visual Studio 2012 you have installed, you may not see the same list of command prompt shortcuts.  Not all shortcuts are installed with Visual Studio Express versions.)

  • @Gregory

    x86 Native is the tools targeting 32 bit Windows and the executables are 32 bit.

    x64 Cross is the tools targeting 64 bit Windows and the executables are 32 bit.

    x64 Native is the tools targeting 64 bit Windows and the executables are 64 bit.

    Obviously the x64 Cross tools are needed to build 64 bit applications on a 32 bit system, and the 64 bit version is available for 64 bit systems. While you may class this as a mess, this kind of layout is normal. Mingw has one more on top of this, x64 to x86 cross.

  • You guys at M$ are indeed mad. What's the point of trying to mix a touch and desktop interface in the same software? You end up with a bad experience no matter what kind of hardware you have, and with articles like these trying to explain the madness.

  • I mean this in the most sincere and honest way possible... I just don't get why some people complain about the "missing start menu" so much. Win 8's Start is better organized and makes it much more simpler to find what you really want by pinning it on the start menu...

  • @ Alan

    Its more of a business thing.  I have a customer with 300,000 white collar, PC types on their network.  If they go to Win8 and lose 8 hours per person due to training and using/discovering Win8 and their cost for salary and benefits average $40k per person per annum, their MINIMUM cost to deploy Win8 is a little more than $46 million.

    That assumes no extra help desk calls, no upgrades of hardware, nothing else at all which we all know is far too conservative of a cost estimate.

    What does that business get for their $46mm?  Nothing really.  Also, it doesn't make their products cheaper or better for their customers.  All it does is add cost.

    Their estimate win implementing Win8 is $200mm.  Would you like to venture a guess as to whether they will be implementing Win8 with the missing start button and all of the other "Metro" stuff?

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