Windows SDK 7 in visual studio 2017


  • I installed Windows SDK 7 successfully but it doesn't show up in visual studio 2017 I only see 8.1 & 10.

    Any hint ?

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 1:12 PM

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  • Hi Marc,

    Please look into below article:

    Windows 7 SDK Setup: common installation issues and fixes

    Sabah Shariq

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    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 3:06 PM
  • Hi,


    How to: Modify the Target Framework and Platform Toolset (there is a note regarding WinSDK 7 on VS 2015)

    and then:

    Stuck on an older toolset version? Move to Visual Studio 2017 without upgrading your toolset

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    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 3:17 PM
  • Hi Marc S._,

    Welcome to the MSDN forum.

    Refer to your description, please have a look at this reply that provided by Carlos. You can create a project with the default project template. After that, right click the project name under Solution Explorer and go to Configuration Properties-General, modify the 'Platform Toolset' to Windows7.1SDK, since you already installed the Windows SDK 7. Please have a look at the following note:

    ##To change the target platform toolset, you must have the associated version of Visual Studio or the Windows Platform SDK installed. For example, to target the Itanium platform with the Windows7.1SDK platform toolset, you must have Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 SP1 installed

    If the above not works, you can also modify the platform toolset to Visual Studio 2010 (v100), which has the same compiler like Windows SDK 7, if you have the VS 2010 and VS 2017 on the same computer, it is available like the following screenshot:

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    Thursday, March 16, 2017 5:35 AM