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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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GeneralHelp with importers Pinmemberquintas_arias18-Sep-08 15:39 
Hello, I commented earlier and thought some of the harsh comments were unfounded. This works just as explained. I was wondering though, seeing that you figured this out if you could help me with one thing. The importers do not seem to work. I can't get the .fbx or .x files to convert and import as .xnb. I have googled and searched but to no avail. I did notice that on VS2005 that when you click on one of these files that in the property page there are two things that are not there in VS2008. Content Importer and Content Processor. In 2008 they are Custom Tool and Custom tool namespace. Because of this if you choose build action of complile you get an error in VS2008, but without that the file does not get converted and imported. Just thought you might have an idea. Everything else works great. I'm thinking even if I can't get it to work I am still going to use the framework, I'll just use it with DX9. Thanks in advance.
GeneralExcellent Pinmemberquintas_arias17-Sep-08 12:51 
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