How to detect whether Team Explorer is installed

On an internal list, the question of how to detect whether Team Explorer is installed came up.  I didn’t know the answer, and I figure there are others that would like to know this.

To detect Team Explorer, look for the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftVisualStudio8.0InstalledProductsTeam Explorer with a DWORD entry called UseInterface having a value of 1.

From the command line, you can use the reg command to query the registry.

D:>reg query “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftVisualStudio8.0InstalledProductsTeam Explorer” /v UseInterface

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftVisualStudio8.0InstalledProductsTeam Explorer
    UseInterface    REG_DWORD    0x1

Comments (2)

  1. MSDNArchive says:

    As Tim pointed out on my post ( – for Win64, keep in mind there’s the 64-bit and 32-bit versions of HKLMSoftware and VS runs as a 32-bit app, so if you’re setting this from a 64-bit reg.exe/regedit.exe/cmd.exe/whatever, you’ll need to add the Wow6432Node :)

  2. The GovDevelopers blog tells us there is a new Team System resource page.

    Buck Hodges blogs about…