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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:
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Microsoft Visual Studio
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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   
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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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GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmemberDinesh9217-Dec-13 17:47 
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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 good one. Pinmembernikhi _singh27-Feb-12 18:45 
GeneralSince Visual Studio 2010 works much better than 2008 (assumi... PinmemberPhilippe Mori10-Feb-12 13:23 
Since Visual Studio 2010 works much better than 2008 (assuming a appropriate computer), why someone would want to go back. And you can even target .NET 2.0 if you want to.
And Visual Studio 11 Preview works quite well (except for Setup projects).
GeneralRe: Since Visual Studio 2010 works much better than 2008 (assumi... PinmemberBrook Monroe21-Jan-13 4:11 
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Generalhi i tried this .. and my solution file which was unrecognis... Pinmembergayathri 216-Nov-11 0:45 
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