How to install Visual Studio Extensions for Windows Sharepoint Services 1.2 on Vista or Windows XP (VSeWSS.exe)

Yesterday I blogged a solution to develop Sharepoint stuff on a workstation OS. Afterwards I did some additional research in the Web and I found a very simple solution to install the VSeWSS.exe 1.2 on a Vista or XP machine. You need only one Registry entry to fool the Installer, so that you can simply install the package on the machine. I checked this on my second test machine and it works:

Add the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0]

Then add the string Value:


The solution was originally posted by Fernando Felman.

I will also add this to my blog. This makes live a little bit easier ....

Best Regards


Comments (5)

  1. Yes, it is possible! First, download Visual Studio 2005 Extensions 1.1 for WSS 3.0 from

  2. Uli Armbruster says:

    hi, is there a 64-bit version of VSeWSS 1.2?i can’t find it on the ms servers 🙁

    kind of regards,


  3. browser111 says:

    I tried this with visual studio 2008 and got

    ‘This product can only be installed if Windowers SharePoint Service 3.0 has been installed first’

    maybe they added some smarts to not allow this

    or I’m missing something

  4. Vollmix says:

    Make sure to navigate to the Key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared ToolsWeb Server Extensions12.0

    Then right click on the 12.0 in the treeview. In the context menu click on New->String Value.

    enter "Sharepoint". Then doubleclick on the the newly created "Sharepoint" entry and enter "installed" as Value data.

    If this still does not work, you can alternatively use my "manual" approach to install the templates:



  5. ssol_61 says:

    can't install,get this error message

    visual studio 2008 extensions for windows sharepoint services version 1.3 setup wizard ended prematurely

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