Category: Main Programming / Software Engineering Visual Studio 2010 (10.0) Express Edition

Visual Studio

The free version of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.

Application Details:

Version: 2010 (10.0) Express Edition
License: Free to use
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.0

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What works

Editor with autocomplete
Find and Replace
Windows Forms Editor
Creating, opening, and saving files and solutions.

 I mostly use VCS2010Express for editing Unity C# files, running it in wine works perfect for this. MonoDevelop (both Linux native and the Unity version) have major cpu usage features and have trouble using the Unity dlls, and I enjoyed using VCS before I switched to Linux. At first it won't find the referenced Unity dlls, but you can just copy the dlls to the same location in your VCS wine prefix, and it should work.

To Install
winetricks -q dotnet35sp1  (must be done without dotnet20 installed, -q switch is necessary, or it will hang, wipe the wineprefix and start over)    
winetricks dotnet40
winetricks corefonts
winetricks windowscodecs
winetricks mdac28
winetricks jet40
winetricks msxml6
winetricks winhttp
winetricks gdiplus
winetricks vcrun6

To Run
Just copy paste this into a file (I named mine vcsexpress) and chmod 755. Edit the parts in the brackets (also removing the brackets) and the exe path to match your needs. Make a shortcut on your desktop or a folder where you put your development tools, or whatever you desire.

export WINEARCH=win32
winetricks vd=1280x1024
winetricks windowmanagerdecorated=n
winetricks windowmanagermanaged=n
winetricks heapcheck
wine [YOUR CHOSEN WINE PREFIX]/drive_c/Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Visual\ Studio\ 10.0/Common7/IDE/VCSExpress.exe

What does not

Running and debugging (If using Mono compatible code, just copy paste to MonoDevelop and go from there)
Adding references (If someone knows how to fix this, please pm me some instructions. The .NETFramework folder throws everything off sice it's hidden because of the name, but copying the 4.0 folder to the Framework folder doesn't help. I also can't add 3.5 references.)


What was not tested

Building (If using Mono compatible code, just copy paste to MonoDevelop and go from there)
Pretty much everything else.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Thanks Don Woodhouse for showing how to get the installer to work in wine. I am specifically using Visual C# 2010 Express, which as I understand is a component of Visual Studio 2010 Express. These instructions should work for anything that's part of Visual Studio 2010, theoretically not just the express version, but I have no desire to test all of these. Rated silver as a compromise. For my use (editing Unity C# files), it would be gold, but running and debugging is impossible, which would give bronze.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowLinux Mint 19.3 "Tricia"Mar 01 20205.0Yes No NoGarbageÁtila César da Silva Interaminense 
ShowArch LinuxAug 30 20183.14No Not installable NoGarbageVladimir Panteleev 
ShowmacOS 10.13 "High Sierra"Aug 04 20183.0.2Yes Yes YesGoldLea Waller 
ShowMac OS X 10.9 "Mavericks"May 04 20161.8.2Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
CurrentopenSUSE 13.1 x86_64Apr 16 20151.7.40Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
8780 Multiple applications using native vbscript/jscript override need oleaut32.CreateTypeLib implementation (Visual Studio 20XX, Future Pinball, ...) STAGED View
32323 Netflix (Silverlight 4.x) and several .NET Framework 3.x/4.0 WPF apps require either Arial or Verdana to be installed STAGED View
32562 Visual Studio 2005-2010 Express Editions need jscript JScript_AddTypeLib impl NEW View
33149 Multiple applications show dialog/popup windows behind main window/splash screen (Visual Studio 2010, SPG-Verein 3.x, CLICK v1.40, Excel 2003) 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 dotnet20 dotnet40

To work around some bugs you additionally need:

$ bash winetricks -q corefonts

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

VC Express web installer exits silently during download of prerequisites

That's bug 34943 - use following recipe to work around.

$ bash winetricks winhttp

/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
The application requested process termination through System.Environment.FailFast

If you encounter the following message/failure on startup:

fixme:shell:URL_ParseUrl failed to parse L"PresentationFramework.Aero"

fixme:advapi:RegisterEventSourceW ((null),L".NET Runtime"): stub

fixme:advapi:ReportEventW (0xcafe4242,0x0001,0x0000,0x00000401,(nil),0x0001,0x00000000,0x3296b8,(nil)): stub

err:eventlog:ReportEventW L"Application: Updater.exe\nFramework Version: v4.0.30319\nDescription: The application requested process termination through System.Environment.FailFast(string message).\nMessage: Unrecoverable system error.\nStack:\n at System.Environment.FailFast(System.String)\n at MS.Internal.Invariant.FailFas"...

fixme:advapi:DeregisterEventSource (0xcafe4242) stub

This is bug 32323.

You are missing 'winetricks corefonts' recipe.

Fonts in IDE look ugly

Try to enable subpixel font smoothing using 'winetricks':

$ bash winetricks fontsmooth=rgb
Visual Studio 2010 seems to freeze on startup

Actually it's not a freeze but a popup/dialog hidden behind the splash screen.

You press "ENTER" (while keeping the splash in focus) to continue.

Microsoft Web Deployment Tool (x86) component failure reported the end of main (full) installer

Congratulations, you ignored the HOWTO. Make sure you've installed .NET Framework 2.0 via winetricks.

[11/19/14,22:36:31] Microsoft Web Deployment Tool (x86): MSIComponent Action: Installing MSI f:\wcu\msdeploy\WebDeploy_x86_en-US.msi with command-line: SKIPVISTASP1CHECK=1 SKIPFX20SP1CHECK=1 SKIPINSTALLSHORTCUTS=1 REBOOT=ReallySuppress

0009:trace:msi:MSI_FormatRecordW L"Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0 or greater is required to install [ProductName]."

Crystal Reports templates for Visual Studio 2010 component failure reported the end of main (full) installer

Congratulations, you ignored the HOWTO. Make sure you've installed .NET Framework 2.0 via winetricks.

[11/19/14,22:38:25] Crystal Reports templates for Visual Studio 2010: MSIComponent Action: Installing MSI f:\wcu\crystal reports\CrystalReportsTemplates.msi with command-line: REBOOT=ReallySuppress

0009:trace:msi:MSI_EvaluateConditionW 0 <- L"MsiNetAssemblySupport >= \"1.1\"" ... 0009:trace:msi:MSI_FormatRecordW L"This software package can only be installed on systems that has installed .NET Framework 1.1 or higher."


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Hangs in installs
by Don Woodhouse on Thursday May 22nd 2014, 15:03
Correction the hangs seem to be a little more than stuck wizards, but must be minor since no substantial error message is generated. The hangs can be reduced greatly by doing without .NET 3.5, and only installing dotnet20(with sp2?) and dotnet40. This, however, will mean being able to target only .NET 4.0 with your applications. Using 3.5 seems to complicate matters right in the install process. Possible would be to install without 3.5, then add .NET 3.5 later, once more of the subpackages have initial functionality. You will not be able to use the existing winetricks dotnet35 scripts for this.
Plain compiler works fine
by Martin Storsjö on Tuesday May 7th 2013, 17:06
If the executables (and headers and libs) are copied out from an existing installation (on real windows), the plain compiler (cl.exe and link.exe) work just fine, even if the installer (and perhaps IDE) don't work.