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Converting VS2010 Solution to VS2008

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Converting VS2010 Solution to VS2008
If you are working with VS 2010 (any edition) and cannot open your 2010 solution on VS 2008, then just follow these 3 steps:

For <PROJECT_NAME>.sln:

  1. Open the solution file in your favorite text editor (example: Notepad++).
  2. Find the following:
    Microsoft Visual Studio Solution File, Format Version 11.00.
    # Visual Studio 2010.
    Replace with:
    Microsoft Visual Studio Solution File, Format Version 10.00. (I)
    # Visual Studio 2008. (II, optional)

For <Project_name >.csproj/vbproj:

  1. Open project file in your favorite text editor (example: Notepad++).
  2. Find the following:
    <Project ToolsVersion="4.0" DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003">.
    Replace with:
    <Project ToolsVersion="3.5" DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003">. (III)
That's it.
Now you can open your solution file on VS2008.
Reverse of this will enable VS2008 solution to open in VS2010.

EDIT


After these changes, you may receive the below error:
---------------------------
Microsoft Visual Studio
---------------------------
Unable to read the project file 'XXX.csproj'. 
 
C:\Project path\XXX.csproj(89,11): The imported project "C:\Program Files\MSBuild\Microsoft\VisualStudio\v10.0\WebApplications\Microsoft.WebApplication.targets" was not found. Confirm that the path in the <Import> declaration is correct, and that the file exists on disk.
---------------------------
OK   Cancel   
---------------------------
To fix this error, just change the VS version(v10.0 to v9.0) in your <Project_name >.csproj/vbproj file, that's all.

Good luck with it.

Regards,
ABHISHEK DEY

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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 good one. Pin
nikhi _singh27-Feb-12 18:45
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GeneralSince Visual Studio 2010 works much better than 2008 (assumi... Pin
Philippe Mori10-Feb-12 13:23
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GeneralRe: Since Visual Studio 2010 works much better than 2008 (assumi... Pin
Brook Monroe21-Jan-13 4:11
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GeneralReason for my vote of 2 Nice to know but seems useless to me... Pin
pietvredeveld9-Feb-12 10:23
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Reason for my vote of 2
Nice to know but seems useless to me. Never had any reason to downgrade a project.
GeneralRe: Hi pietvredeveld, I appreciate what you think. FYI This tric... Pin
GPUToaster™10-Feb-12 5:37
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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 nice one.I was really searching for ... Pin
nikhi _singh8-Feb-12 23:11
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GeneralAdded a fix in your Tip/Trick, do further changes if you wan... Pin
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GeneralRe: Thanks thatraja. Pin
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GeneralReason for my vote of 1 Excellent !!! Pin
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GeneralRe: You might want to change your vote to 4/5. I am guessing its... Pin
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