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: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.6.1

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What works

Everything so far as I have tested. Debugging works, building works, controls work, everything.

What does not

Installing does not work out of the box - you need to install the .NET 2.0 framework first using 

winetricks dotnet20

otherwise the installer will crash.

Not exactly "doesn't work", but there's a slight graphics glitch (which only affects VB, not your program) in which icons which should be transparent in the "toolbox" have a black background


What was not tested

Any advanced coding, One-Click deployment

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Other than, install .NET 2.0 first, none.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 23 20141.6.1Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 27 20131.6-rc5Yes Yes BronzeReal Name 
CurrentLinux Mint 14 "Nadia" x86_64Jan 03 20131.5.20No, but has workaround Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 07 20101.2-rc2Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 19 20091.1.19Yes Yes Bronzean 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
29903 Multiple games and applications fail to enumerate processes due to 'wtsapi32.WTSEnumerateProcessesW' stub (Visual Studio 2005, .NET 2.0 SDK DbgCLR, Akamai DL Manager, Dekaron) STAGED 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.

$ wget
­$ bash winetricks -q mfc42 dotnet20

Optionally install core fonts:

$ bash winetricks corefonts
After IDE start, the start page constantly refreshes, eating CPU

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

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
/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.

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
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.

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]