Category: Main Programming / Software Engineering Visual Studio 2005 (8.0) Express Edition

Visual Studio

Free version of the well known Visual Studio 2005 IDE and many programming tools included.

You need .NET Framework 2.0.

Application Details:

Version: 2005 (8.0) Express Edition
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.14-staging

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Test Results

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What works


New project creation

Compiles a basic Console "Hello World!" application.

What does not


Form Designer (see bugs)


What was not tested

Compiling a Windows GUI Application

Other Project templates


Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowArch Linux x86_64Sep 14 20238.14-stagingNo Not installable NoGarbageThomas Bachmann 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 23 20141.6.1Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 27 20131.6-rc5Yes Yes NoBronzeReal Name 
ShowLinux Mint 14 "Nadia" x86_64Jan 03 20131.5.20No, but has workaround Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 07 20101.2-rc2Yes Yes NoBronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
10522 Multiple applications encounter infinite WM_PAINT loop (Platform SDK tools) NEW View
21423 Visual C++ 2005 slow? 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 WINEPREFIX (~/.wine)!

Prerequisite installation by using 'winetricks' script

Winetricks will take care of all needed installation prerequisites and work around some problems. Follow the instructions in the link to install it.

$ bash winetricks -q mfc42 dotnet20

Optionally install core fonts:

$ bash winetricks corefonts
VS.NET 2005 Express Editions free ISO Image Downloads

As of 2009/04/01 Microsoft has removed the public links to 2005 Express Editions downloads in favour of 2008 Versions. Fortunately the direct download links to full (offline) install images still work:

Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition (449.848 KiB)­

Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition (445.282 KiB)

Visual C# 2005 Express Edition (445.282 KiB)

Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition (474.686 KiB)

Visual J# 2005 Express Edition (448.702 KiB)

err:ole:CoGetClassObject class {b5f8350b-0548-48b1-a6ee-88bd00b4a5e7} not registered

­This is bug 12659. The following messages in console are an indication o­f this problem:

err:ole:CoGetClassObject class {b5f8350b-0548-48b1-a6ee-88bd00b4a5e7} not registered
err:ole:CoGetClassObject no class object {b5f8350b-0548-48b1-a6ee-88bd00b4a5e7} could be created for context 0x1
Winbind component

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


$ sudo dnf install samba-winbind*.x86_64 samba-winbind*.i686

/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 ~/.cache/winetricks/

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

After IDE start, the start page constantly refreshes, eating CPU

This is bug 10522. Close the "Start page" to work around this problem.

Setup has encountered a problem while trying to copy $shtdwn$.req

This is Bug 9158. Only happens with online-installer version (not retail from .ISO image). Use the following workaround in console:

$ _SFX_CAB_SHUTDOWN_REQUEST=1 wine ./vcssetup.exe
Can't find MSPDB80.DLL (some command line tools fail)

­If you run some command line tools and get an error message like this:

err:module:import_dll Library mspdb80.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\\VC\\bin\\link.exe") not found
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L"C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\\VC\\bin\\link.exe" failed, status c0000135

You need to add­­ the following path to your environment:

­ C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE;

Use registry editor to add the path to "PATH" key value:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment]

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.