Visual Studio

Visual Studio 2008, and Visual Studio Team System 2008 codenamed Orcas (a reference to Orcas Island, also an island in Puget Sound, like Whidbey for the previous 2005 release), were released to MSDN subscribers on 19 November 2007 alongside .NET Framework 3.5. The source code for the Visual Studio 2008 IDE is available under a shared source license to some of Microsoft's partners and ISVs. Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2008 on 11 August 2008. The internal version number of Visual Studio 2008 is version 9.0 while the file format version is 10.0. Visual Studio 2008 is the last version to support targeting Windows 2000 for C++ applications.

Visual Studio 2008 is focused on development of Windows Vista, 2007 Office system, and Web applications. For visual design, a new Windows Presentation Foundation visual designer and a new HTML/CSS editor influenced by Microsoft Expression Web are included. J# is not included. Visual Studio 2008 requires .NET 3.5 Framework and by default configures compiled assemblies to run on .NET Framework 3.5, but it also supports multi-targeting which lets the developers choose which version of the .NET Framework (out of 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, Silverlight CoreCLR or .NET Compact Framework) the assembly runs on. Visual Studio 2008 also includes new code analysis tools, including the new Code Metrics tool (only in Team Edition and Team Suite Edition). For Visual C++, Visual Studio adds a new version of Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC 9.0) that adds support for the visual styles and UI controls introduced with Windows Vista. For native and managed code interoperability, Visual C++ introduces the STL/CLR, which is a port of the C++ Standard Template Library (STL) containers and algorithms to managed code. STL/CLR defines STL-like containers, iterators and algorithms that work on C++/CLI managed objects.[89][90]

Visual Studio 2008 features include an XAML-based designer (codenamed Cider), workflow designer, LINQ to SQL designer (for defining the type mappings and object encapsulation for SQL Server data), XSLT debugger, JavaScript Intellisense support, JavaScript Debugging support, support for UAC manifests, a concurrent build system, among others. It ships with an enhanced set of UI widgets, both for Windows Forms and WPF. It also includes a multithreaded build engine (MSBuild) to compile multiple source files (and build the executable file) in a project across multiple threads simultaneously. It also includes support for compiling PNG-compressed icon resources introduced in Windows Vista. An updated XML Schema designer will ship separately some time after the release of Visual Studio 2008.

The Visual Studio debugger includes features targeting easier debugging of multi-threaded applications. In debugging mode, in the Threads window, which lists all the threads, hovering over a thread will display the stack trace of that thread in tooltips. The threads can directly be named and flagged for easier identification from that window itself. In addition, in the code window, along with indicating the location of the currently executing instruction in the current thread, the currently executing instructions in other threads are also pointed out. The Visual Studio debugger supports integrated debugging of the .NET 3.5 Framework Base Class Library (BCL) which can dynamically download the BCL source code and debug symbols and allow stepping into the BCL source during debugging. As of 2010 a limited subset of the BCL source is available, with more library support planned for later.

Supported .NET Framework versions: 2.0, 3.0, 3.5

The product was released 2007-11-19

Application Details:

Version: 2008 (9.0)
License: Retail
Votes: 22
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.5.24

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Free Download Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (iso) Free Download Visual Studio 2008 (3,30 GB) Free Download MSDN Library 2008 (2,15 GB)

Test Results

Old test results
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Selected Test Results

What works

Winetricks installation up until the actual install of visual Studio 2008, which fails with an error. Once installed, Opening a project works. Compilation works. Creating a new file works.

What does not

After installing with winetricks,Visual Studio 2008 did not install. I found the $HOME/.cache/winetricks/vc2008express/*iso file, burned it to DVD, and deleted it (I figured I would like to save room on the hard drive). I opened the terminal, typed in "export export WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.local/share/wineprefixes/vc2008expres" and proceeded to change directory to the DVD and install it from there. Installation went normally. After installation, the desktop icon didn't work. It complained about "the application data folder for microsoft visual c++ 2008 express could not be created." The following site recommended regedit and changing HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Widows\Current Version\Explorer\User Shell Folders. I changed AppData to "%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data" which did the trick. This works because "%USERPROFILE%\Application Data" does not exist. I could have just as easily created a folder named C:\\users\\$USER\\Application\ Data Creating a new Windows project fails. The Accept button is unresponsive.


What was not tested

Creating programs. Using the interface. Saving Solutions.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentFedora 18 x86_64Mar 27 20131.5.24No, but has workaround Yes BronzeHenry Kroll 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 7.x "Wheezy"Dec 06 20111.3.34No Not installable Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 22 20101.2.2No Not installable Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 15 20101.1.40No Not installable Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowopenSUSE 11.1 x86_64Oct 15 20091.1.30No Not installable GarbageMerp 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
9158 Multiple Microsoft development tools online/web installers fail to skip "$shtdwn$.req" with FILE_ATTRIBUTE_HIDDEN (Visual Studio Express Editions, .NET Framework 3.0) STAGED View
25462 Unable to break using 'Break All' button while remote debugging with VS2008 (software breakpoint overwrites syscall instruction in VDSO page) NEW View
29354 Multiple Microsoft product installers fail due to ProductID being set during client side "ValidateProductID" standard action (Microsoft Virtual PC 2007, Visual Studio 2008) NEW View
32562 Visual Studio 2005-2010 Express Editions need jscript JScript_AddTypeLib impl NEW View

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HowTo / Notes


Make sure you operate on a clean 32-bit WINEPREFIX (~/.wine)!

Prerequisite installation by using 'winetricks' script

Winetricks will take care of all needed installation prerequisites and work around some problems.

­$ wget

$ bash winetricks -q dotnet35­

If you intend to install VS 2008 SP1 you need .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

$ bash winetricks -q dotnet35­sp1

Winbind component

Make sure you installed 'winbind' component with your distribution package manager.

This is needed for the -Zi option of the compiler, and other mechanisms that handle 'PDB' (Program Data Base) files.

$ aptitude install winbind (Debian)

$ sudo yum install samba-winbind (Fedora)

/home/yourlogin/.wine is not owned by you / (Permission denied)

­­Never run wine as root (su, sudo)! Wine doesn't require to be run as root!

You will screw your WINEPREFIX and possibly other thi­ngs up. If you have run Wine as root you need to:

$ sudo rm -rf ~/.wine­

and then run winecfg to set Wine folder structure back up. If you used winetricks script as root you might also need to:

­$ sudo rm -rf ~/winetrickscache

Again: Just run wine as regular user and all should be fine.

err:module:import_dll Library sqdedev.DLL not found

­The following installer message in console is expected and harmless:

err:module:import_dll Library sqdedev.DLL (which is needed by L"C:\\windows\\temp\\msi3a93.tmp") not found
­­­err:msi:ACTION_CallDllFunction failed to load dll L"C:\\windows\\temp\\msi3a93.tmp"­
Compiler gets stuck during code generation (PDB server)

This is Bug 21259

Workaround: start 'mspdbsrv.exe' manually before visual C++, with an 'infinite' timeout.

$ wine $WINEPREFIX/drive_c/Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Visual\ Studio\ 9.0/Common7/IDE/mspdbsrv.exe -start -spawn -shutdowntime -1

You can create a shell script that starts both mspdbsrv.exe and VCEXpress.exe, if mspdbsrv.exe is already running, it will be ignored the second time it is invoked.

Installer fails first time

Installer fails first time at:

fixme:ntdll:server_ioctl_file Unsupported ioctl 900a4 (device=9 access=0 func=29 method=0)
err:msi:msi_install_assembly Failed to install assembly L"C:\\users\\\\Temp\\msi2db.tmp\\WcfSvcHost.exe" (0x80070032)
err:msi:ACTION_InstallFiles Failed to install assembly
err:msi:ITERATE_Actions Execution halted, action L"InstallFiles" returned 1603

This is due to missing junction support. The following files are special and cause this problem:

C:\windows\assembly\GAC_MSIL\WcfSvcHost\ __ 31bf3856ad364e35 -> C:\windows\WinSxS\MSIL_WcfSvcHost_31bf3856ad364e35_9.0.0.0_x-ww_e0abf5ea (WcfSvcHost.exe)
C:\windows\assembly\GAC_MSIL\IEExecRemote\ __ b03f5f7f11d50a3a -> C:\windows\WinSxS\MSIL_IEExecRemote_b03f5f7f11d50a3a_2.0.0.0_x-ww_6e57c34e (IEExecRemote.dll)
C:\windows\assembly\GAC_32\System. EnterpriseServices\ __ b03f5f7f11d50a3a -> C:\windows\WinSxS\x86_System.EnterpriseServices_b03f5f7f11d50a3a_2.0.0.0_x-ww_7d5f3790 (System.EnterpriseServices.dll, System.EnterpriseServices.Wrapper.dll)

Solution: run the installer a second time (installer won't attempt to create junctions on second run)

Upgrade from trial version to Pro version
To upgrade from trial version to Pro version, check:
Installation failed for component Windows Mobile 5.0 SDK R2 for Pocket PC. MSI returned error code 1603

This is expected when you try to install any non-pro variant of MS Visual Studio 2008.

0028:trace:msi:MSI_ProcessMessage (nil) (nil) (nil) 0 1 L"1: (Error):  2: Visual Studio 2005 Smart Device Programmability not correctly installed.  Please install Visual Studio 2005: CreateInstance(CDeviceSDKInstallShim{B888FC95-8C8D-4C70-9BB6-DA1360218667}) failed. "­


You need to uncheck all "Smart Device Programmability" options from all languages (C/C++, C#, Visual Basic) by using "custom install".