Why does VS 2008 SP1 not include SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 64bit?


So you want 64bit support so you can set Target = Any.  You just installed VS 2008 SP1, but when you run your app you still get an error…


Why?  Because VS 2008 SP1 doesn’t actually include the 64bit version of SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1.  To remedy this, simply install the 64bit version from our download page.  If you’ve already installed VS 2008 SP1, you have the 32 bit version.  You just need the 64bit version.


Why doesn’t VS 2008 SP1 include the 64bit release?  Since VS2008 RTM only included the 32bit version of Compact, it was hard to justify adding a new package to the VS Service Pack.  We could have negotiated this as the DevDiv folks have been very accommodating, but that also meant we would have had to have the 64bit release done much earlier so it can be “checked-in” to the SP1 branch.  To minimize the download size for those that need the 64bit release, and to give our Compact team time to get the 64bit release complete, we opted to make the 64bit release available via the web only. 


Steve


Comments (9)

  1. Jeff says:

    Hello Steve,

    Any idea why i can’t see SQL CE under data connection using VS2008 SP1 ?

    My app is now working with Any Type instead of X86, but i m no more able to create or update my edmx files as vs does not support my sdf any more 🙁

    Any clue ?

    Best regards.

    Jeff

    Jean-francoism@avanade.com

  2. После выхода VS2008SP1 & .NET3.5SP1 начинают всплывать различные тонкости и ньюансы. Так, например…

  3. Steve Lasker says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Did you have any pre-release versions of Compact, SQL 2008, VS or VS SP1 installed?  

    Steve

  4. Jeff says:

    I never installed any beta version of SQL2008, but i installed VS2008 sp1 Beta and Compact SP1 Beta.

    I remove eveything manually before installing, and launch : VS2008-PatchRemovalTool-x86.exe

    All the stuiff are in X64.

    Do i miss something ?

    Thanks a lot for your time.

    Best regards

    Jeff

  5. Jeff says:

    Hello Steve,

    I fix my first issue 🙂

    I manually install SSCEVSTools-Enu.msi, and now eveything is working fine…

    Now i just have to manage some big regression between EF and SQLCE.

    If you want have a look :

    http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=3740571&SiteID=1

  6. Jeff says:

    Hello Steve,

    I fix my first issue 🙂

    I manually install SSCEVSTools-Enu.msi, and now eveything is working fine…

    Now i just have to manage some big regression between EF and SQLCE.

    If you want have a look :

    http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=3740571&SiteID=1

  7. I have a SQL Problem and havent been able to find the answer anywhere. I have both VS2005 and VS2008 on a 64 bit machine. Both were working fine. I installed VS2008 SP1 and now the data connections are dead. If I click on a data connection that was working it says it is expanding but hangs forever. If I try to add a new data connection the moment I try to test it – the app closes. The really strange part is that it does this on both VS2005 and VS2006. It has broken both IDEs! Any ideas where to look?

  8. arda sem says:

    I fix my first issue 🙂

    I manually install SSCEVSTools-Enu.msi, and now eveything is working fine…

    Now i just have to manage some big regression between EF and SQLCE.

Skip to main content