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Open Visual Studio 2008 Command Prompt Here Context Menu

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  • I have put together some registry keys to add a Visual Studio 2008 Command Prompt context menu when a user "shift + right-clicks".
    Note: It is assumed that visual studio is installed in the default location on c:

              (for new registry users:  to install, 
              1:  copy everything in bold and past into a new textpad file, 
              2:  save the file as .reg  
              3:  Open the start menu and run regedit.exe
              4:  Open 'File' > 'Import  
              5:  Find file location and click ok 

              If the keys are added successfully you'll see a prompt saying so

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\VS2008 Command Prompt]
    @="Open VS2008 Command Prompt Here"
    "Extended"=""
    "NoWorkingDirectory"=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\VS2008 Command Prompt\command]
    @="C:\\Windows\\System32\\cmd.exe /s /k \"pushd %V && \"C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\\VC\\vcvarsall.bat\"\" x86 "

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\VS2008 Command Prompt]
    @="Open VS2008 Command Prompt Here"
    "Extended"=""
    "NoWorkingDirectory"=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\VS2008 Command Prompt\command]
    @="C:\\Windows\\System32\\cmd.exe /s /k \"pushd %V && \"C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\\VC\\vcvarsall.bat\"\" x86 "

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\VS2008 Command Prompt]
    @="Open VS2008 Command Prompt Here"
    "Extended"=""
    "NoWorkingDirectory"=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\VS2008 Command Prompt\command]
    @="C:\\Windows\\System32\\cmd.exe /s /k \"pushd %V && \"C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\\VC\\vcvarsall.bat\"\" x86 "



    • Edited by devsuldier Wednesday, September 3, 2008 7:11 PM none
    • Moved by spacewrangler Saturday, September 13, 2008 2:21 AM more appropriate forum (Moved from Building Development and Diagnostic Tools for .Net to Visual Studio Extensibility)
    Wednesday, September 3, 2008 7:05 PM

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  • Hi devsuldier,

    Thanks for this! I noticed an error with the pushd %V command that caused it to not work on my Windows XP SP2 machine so I went ahead and modified your script a little bit (basically replacing pushd %V with cd \"%1\".

    I added a batch file to automatically add the entries to the registry on startup (my current employer resets the registry at reboot :S). You can find more information on my blog (here).

    Cheers,
    Erik
    Wednesday, November 26, 2008 11:24 AM
  • Hi .. May I know why it is %V ? I don't see any help anywhere ?
    Monday, June 27, 2011 6:18 PM