Upgrading Team Foundation Power Tools

If you have a previous release of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Power Tools (TFS Powertools for short) installed and you try and install a later release, you’ll be prompted with this windows installer error:

Another version of this product is already installed.  Installation of this version cannot continue.  To configure or remove the existing version of this product, use Add/Remove Programs on the Control Panel.


Sure, you can go to Add/Remove Programs (or Programs and Features in Vista/Windows 2008) on the Control Panel, search for the power tools and uninstall them. The simple solution is to open a command prompt and run the following command:

msiexec /x {FA564F28-4D97-411F-80C4-645E619552B8}

This will uninstall the currently installed version of the power tools, allowing you to install the new version.

The current version is the March 2008 Power Tools release. Don’t forget to have a look at what’s coming in the July 2008 Power Tools release.

Update: The July 2008 Power Tools release is now available from MSDN downloads.

Comments (2)
  1. Nice one, Grant.  Though I’m struggling to see how remembering a GUID is easier than looking it up in an alphabetised list :-)

  2. Neno Loje got busy with his blog: Team Foundation Proxy – Your friend for distributed development…

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