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Getting XNA 2.0 to work with Visual Studio 2008

, 9 Mar 2008
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How to get XNA 2.0 working with Visual Studio 2008 without installing anything other than XNA 2.0.


Last week, I wanted to start using the XNA framework in my C# applications, but found out it doesn't work with Visual Studio 2008. Here is how to solve that problem without installing anything other than XNA 2.0:

  1. Download XNA Game Studio 2.0.
  2. Extract the contents of this file using an archive software of your choice.
  3. From the extracted files, first install redists.msi and then xnags_shared.msi.
  4. Create a new Visual Studio project such as a Windows Forms Application, Class Library, etc.
  5. Add a reference to the XNA framework you want to use in your project.
  6. Go to project properties, and set the target platform to x84, since as of now, XNA isn't supported on 64 bit platforms.



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