VS 2012 App Made in Windows 7 - Can I use the app in Windows XP? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I created an application using Visual Studio 2012 on Windows 7 but I'd like to use this app on my computer at work, which unfortunately still uses Windows XP.  Is there an easy way to enable use of this app on XP without remaking the app in Visual Studio 2010?
    • Moved by Cindy Meister MVP Tuesday, September 11, 2012 2:26 PM 2013 Apps question (From:Visual Studio Tools for Office)
    Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:16 PM


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  • It depends what features you are using and what kind of app, but generally the answer is yes unless you are using a newer OS feature. What problems are you seeing?
    Tuesday, September 11, 2012 2:57 PM
  • Here's what I did:

    I published the application at home then saved the files to a usb drive.  I brought the files to work and tried to run the setup, but I was returned with "C:\Folder\Setup.exe is not a valid win32 application"

    The setup works just fine on Windows 7

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012 5:48 PM
  • Hmmm, is it possible that the Win7 machine is running x64 (and you are building an x64 app) and then you are trying to install it on an x86 machine?

    This might be a good place to start:

    • Marked as answer by MBuchok Wednesday, September 12, 2012 11:38 AM
    Tuesday, September 11, 2012 5:56 PM
  • I figure I'll convince my employer to upgrade with what I've made anyway lol...

    Thanks for the link Patrick.  I'll do some reading :-)

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012 11:38 AM
  • Were you using .net framework 4.5? I am developing a WPF app using VS 2012 & .net framework 4.5 so want to know if there'll be issues if i'll run it on Windows XP?
    Wednesday, March 6, 2013 2:04 PM