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[UWP]Developing UWP app without Visual Studio RRS feed

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  • Hi,

    I am trying to create a UWP C# app from scratch without Visual Studio. I have installed the Windows 10 SDK.

    I have tried having a csproj newly created via Visual Studio then tried running it with MSBuild. This works. Then the same csproj, I have put in a PC without Visual Studio but there's Windows 10 SDK. This time it fails. I think it has something to do with the last line of the csproj:

    <Import Project="$(MSBuildExtensionsPath)\Microsoft\WindowsXaml\v$(VisualStudioVersion)\Microsoft.Windows.UI.Xaml.CSharp.targets" />

    I guess it does not exist since I don't have the Visual Studio.

    But, is there a way out of this? Can I build a UWP app without Visual Studio? They call the SDK stand alone, so I really feel that I should be able to make one without VS.

    Thank you in advance!

    Kind Regards


    • Edited by Krunal Parekh Wednesday, October 14, 2015 2:33 AM subject
    • Changed type Krunal Parekh Wednesday, November 11, 2015 3:12 AM Changed Type as discussion
    Friday, October 9, 2015 7:50 AM

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  • >>Can I build a UWP app without Visual Studio?

    You should be able to do this. Please refer to the following article about how to build your UWP app in the cloud for more information:

    Build your Windows 10 UWP in the Cloud: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/build-your-windows-10-uwp-cloud-brandon-h

    Hope that helps.

    Please remember to close your threads by marking helpful posts as answer and then start a new thread if you have a new question. Please don't ask several questions in the same thread.

    Friday, October 9, 2015 2:39 PM
  • Thank you for your response. However, I am not making a cloud compiler. It's more like a build script that doesn't need VS.
    Monday, October 12, 2015 2:23 AM
  • Hello Ronskies,

    1. From where did you install the MSBuild ?

    2. You need to install MS Build Tools  for this to work. Could you install it and try again?

    3. Could you confirm that you can find the Microsoft.Windows.UI.Xaml.CSharp.targets in the mentioned directory? the value of $(MSBuildExtensionsPath) you could get from registry.

    With Regards,

    Krunal Parekh


    Thanks MSDN Community Support Please remember to Mark as Answer the responses that resolved your issue. It is a common way to recognize those who have helped you, and makes it easier for other visitors to find the resolution later.

    Tuesday, October 13, 2015 5:28 AM
  • Hello,

    #1 & #2- My MSBuild is currently installed in C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild, I got the installer in the same place as you link.

    #3 - It's not there. Please look below to see the MSBuild installation folder tree.

    Thank you for your response

    C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild>tree /f .
    Folder PATH listing
    Volume serial number is F84A-809C
    C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\MSBUILD
    └───14.0
        │   ThirdPartyNotices.txt
        │
        └───Bin
            │   csc.exe
            │   csc.exe.config
            │   csc.rsp
            │   FileTracker.dll
            │   Microsoft.Build.Conversion.Core.dll
            │   Microsoft.Build.dll
            │   Microsoft.Build.Engine.dll
            │   Microsoft.Build.Framework.dll
            │   Microsoft.Build.Tasks.CodeAnalysis.dll
            │   Microsoft.Build.Tasks.Core.dll
            │   Microsoft.Build.Utilities.Core.dll
            │   Microsoft.CodeAnalysis.CSharp.dll
            │   Microsoft.CodeAnalysis.dll
            │   Microsoft.CodeAnalysis.VisualBasic.dll
            │   Microsoft.Common.CurrentVersion.targets
            │   Microsoft.Common.overridetasks
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            │   Microsoft.Common.tasks
            │   Microsoft.CSharp.Core.targets
            │   Microsoft.CSharp.CurrentVersion.targets
            │   Microsoft.CSharp.targets
            │   Microsoft.Data.Entity.targets
            │   Microsoft.NetFramework.CurrentVersion.props
            │   Microsoft.NetFramework.CurrentVersion.targets
            │   Microsoft.NetFramework.props
            │   Microsoft.NetFramework.targets
            │   Microsoft.ServiceModel.targets
            │   Microsoft.VisualBasic.Core.targets
            │   Microsoft.VisualBasic.CurrentVersion.targets
            │   Microsoft.VisualBasic.targets
            │   Microsoft.WinFx.targets
            │   Microsoft.WorkflowBuildExtensions.targets
            │   Microsoft.Xaml.targets
            │   MSBuild.exe
            │   MSBuild.exe.config
            │   MSBuild.rsp
            │   MSBuildTaskHost.exe
            │   MSBuildTaskHost.exe.config
            │   System.Collections.Immutable.dll
            │   System.Reflection.Metadata.dll
            │   Tracker.exe
            │   vbc.exe
            │   vbc.exe.config
            │   vbc.rsp
            │   VBCSCompiler.exe
            │   VBCSCompiler.exe.config
            │   Workflow.targets
            │   Workflow.VisualBasic.targets
            │
            ├───1028
            │       FileTrackerUI.dll
            │       TrackerUI.dll
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            ├───1031
            │       FileTrackerUI.dll
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            │
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            │
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            │       TrackerUI.dll
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            ├───2052
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            │       TrackerUI.dll
            │
            ├───3082
            │       FileTrackerUI.dll
            │       TrackerUI.dll
            │
            ├───amd64
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            │   │   csc.exe.config
            │   │   csc.rsp
            │   │   FileTracker.dll
            │   │   Microsoft.Build.Conversion.Core.dll
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            │   │   Microsoft.Build.Engine.dll
            │   │   Microsoft.Build.Framework.dll
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            │   │   Microsoft.Build.Utilities.Core.dll
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            │   │   Microsoft.NetFramework.props
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            │   │   Microsoft.VisualBasic.targets
            │   │   Microsoft.WinFx.targets
            │   │   Microsoft.WorkflowBuildExtensions.targets
            │   │   Microsoft.Xaml.targets
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            │   │   MSBuildTaskHost.exe
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            │   │   System.Collections.Immutable.dll
            │   │   System.Reflection.Metadata.dll
            │   │   Tracker.exe
            │   │   vbc.exe
            │   │   vbc.exe.config
            │   │   vbc.rsp
            │   │   VBCSCompiler.exe
            │   │   VBCSCompiler.exe.config
            │   │   Workflow.targets
            │   │   Workflow.VisualBasic.targets
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            │   ├───1028
            │   │       FileTrackerUI.dll
            │   │       TrackerUI.dll
            │   │
            │   ├───1031
            │   │       FileTrackerUI.dll
            │   │       TrackerUI.dll
            │   │
            │   ├───1033
            │   │       FileTrackerUI.dll
            │   │       TrackerUI.dll
            │   │
            │   ├───1036
            │   │       FileTrackerUI.dll
            │   │       TrackerUI.dll
            │   │
            │   ├───1040
            │   │       FileTrackerUI.dll
            │   │       TrackerUI.dll
            │   │
            │   ├───1041
            │   │       FileTrackerUI.dll
            │   │       TrackerUI.dll
            │   │
            │   ├───1042
            │   │       FileTrackerUI.dll
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            │   │
            │   ├───1049
            │   │       FileTrackerUI.dll
            │   │       TrackerUI.dll
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            │   ├───2052
            │   │       FileTrackerUI.dll
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            │   ├───3082
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            │   │       Scc.xaml
            │   │       SpecialFolder.xaml
            │   │       SubProject.xaml
            │   │       VisualBasic.BrowseObject.xaml
            │   │       VisualBasic.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │   │       VisualBasic.xaml
            │   │
            │   ├───en-US
            │   │       assemblyreference.xaml
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            │   │       Content.xaml
            │   │       Cpp.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
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            │   │       VisualBasic.BrowseObject.xaml
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            │   │       VBCSCompiler.resources.dll
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            │   │       Cpp.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
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            │   │       vssqmmulti.dll
            │   │
            │   ├───sqmx86
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            │   ├───zh-CHS
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            │   │       COMReference.xaml
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            │   │       ResolvedAssemblyReference.xaml
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            │   │       ResolvedProjectReference.xaml
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            │   │       SpecialFolder.xaml
            │   │       SubProject.xaml
            │   │       VisualBasic.BrowseObject.xaml
            │   │       VisualBasic.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │   │       VisualBasic.xaml
            │   │
            │   └───zh-TW
            │           assemblyreference.xaml
            │           COMReference.xaml
            │           Content.xaml
            │           Cpp.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │           CSharp.BrowseObject.xaml
            │           CSharp.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │           CSharp.xaml
            │           Debugger_General.xaml
            │           EmbeddedResource.xaml
            │           Folder.xaml
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            │           General.xaml
            │           General_File.xaml
            │           None.xaml
            │           ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │           ProjectReference.xaml
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            │           ResolvedCOMReference.xaml
            │           ResolvedProjectReference.xaml
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            │           SpecialFolder.xaml
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            ├───de
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            │       Microsoft.Build.resources.dll
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            ├───de-DE
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            │       EmbeddedResource.xaml
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            │       General.xaml
            │       General_File.xaml
            │       None.xaml
            │       ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       ProjectReference.xaml
            │       ResolvedAssemblyReference.xaml
            │       ResolvedCOMReference.xaml
            │       ResolvedProjectReference.xaml
            │       Scc.xaml
            │       SpecialFolder.xaml
            │       SubProject.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.BrowseObject.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.xaml
            │
            ├───en-US
            │       assemblyreference.xaml
            │       COMReference.xaml
            │       Content.xaml
            │       Cpp.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       CSharp.BrowseObject.xaml
            │       CSharp.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       CSharp.xaml
            │       Debugger_General.xaml
            │       EmbeddedResource.xaml
            │       Folder.xaml
            │       General.BrowseObject.xaml
            │       General.xaml
            │       General_File.xaml
            │       None.xaml
            │       ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       ProjectReference.xaml
            │       ResolvedAssemblyReference.xaml
            │       ResolvedCOMReference.xaml
            │       ResolvedProjectReference.xaml
            │       Scc.xaml
            │       SpecialFolder.xaml
            │       SubProject.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.BrowseObject.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.xaml
            │
            ├───es
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            │       Microsoft.Build.Conversion.Core.resources.dll
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            │       Microsoft.Build.resources.dll
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            │       Microsoft.Build.Utilities.Core.resources.dll
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            ├───es-ES
            │       assemblyreference.xaml
            │       COMReference.xaml
            │       Content.xaml
            │       Cpp.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       CSharp.BrowseObject.xaml
            │       CSharp.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       CSharp.xaml
            │       Debugger_General.xaml
            │       EmbeddedResource.xaml
            │       Folder.xaml
            │       General.BrowseObject.xaml
            │       General.xaml
            │       General_File.xaml
            │       None.xaml
            │       ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       ProjectReference.xaml
            │       ResolvedAssemblyReference.xaml
            │       ResolvedCOMReference.xaml
            │       ResolvedProjectReference.xaml
            │       Scc.xaml
            │       SpecialFolder.xaml
            │       SubProject.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.BrowseObject.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.xaml
            │
            ├───fr
            │       csc.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Conversion.Core.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Engine.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Tasks.Core.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Utilities.Core.resources.dll
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            ├───fr-FR
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            │       Content.xaml
            │       Cpp.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
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            │       CSharp.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       CSharp.xaml
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            │       EmbeddedResource.xaml
            │       Folder.xaml
            │       General.BrowseObject.xaml
            │       General.xaml
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            │       None.xaml
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            │       ResolvedCOMReference.xaml
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            │       Scc.xaml
            │       SpecialFolder.xaml
            │       SubProject.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.BrowseObject.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.xaml
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            ├───it
            │       csc.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Conversion.Core.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Engine.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Tasks.Core.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Utilities.Core.resources.dll
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            ├───it-IT
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            │       CSharp.xaml
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            │       EmbeddedResource.xaml
            │       Folder.xaml
            │       General.BrowseObject.xaml
            │       General.xaml
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            │       None.xaml
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            │       ResolvedCOMReference.xaml
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            │       SpecialFolder.xaml
            │       SubProject.xaml
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            │       VisualBasic.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.xaml
            │
            ├───ja
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            │       CSharp.xaml
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            │       Folder.xaml
            │       General.BrowseObject.xaml
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            │       None.xaml
            │       ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
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            │       ResolvedCOMReference.xaml
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            │       SpecialFolder.xaml
            │       SubProject.xaml
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            │       VisualBasic.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.xaml
            │
            ├───ko
            │       csc.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Conversion.Core.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Engine.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Tasks.Core.resources.dll
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            ├───ko-KR
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            │       ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
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            │       SpecialFolder.xaml
            │       SubProject.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.BrowseObject.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.xaml
            │
            ├───MSBuild
            │       Microsoft.Build.Commontypes.xsd
            │       Microsoft.Build.Core.xsd
            │
            ├───ru
            │       csc.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Conversion.Core.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Engine.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Tasks.Core.resources.dll
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            │       vbc.resources.dll
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            │       Content.xaml
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            │       CSharp.BrowseObject.xaml
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            │       EmbeddedResource.xaml
            │       Folder.xaml
            │       General.BrowseObject.xaml
            │       General.xaml
            │       General_File.xaml
            │       None.xaml
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            │       ResolvedCOMReference.xaml
            │       ResolvedProjectReference.xaml
            │       Scc.xaml
            │       SpecialFolder.xaml
            │       SubProject.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.BrowseObject.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.xaml
            │
            ├───sqmamd64
            │       sqmapi.dll
            │       vssqmmulti.dll
            │
            ├───sqmx86
            │       sqmapi.dll
            │       vssqmmulti.dll
            │
            ├───zh-CHS
            │       csc.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Conversion.Core.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Engine.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Tasks.Core.resources.dll
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            │       Microsoft.CodeAnalysis.CSharp.resources.dll
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            ├───zh-CHT
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            │       Microsoft.Build.Conversion.Core.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Engine.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Tasks.Core.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.Build.Utilities.Core.resources.dll
            │       Microsoft.CodeAnalysis.CSharp.resources.dll
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            │       MSBuild.resources.dll
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            │       vbc.resources.dll
            │       VBCSCompiler.resources.dll
            │
            ├───zh-CN
            │       assemblyreference.xaml
            │       COMReference.xaml
            │       Content.xaml
            │       Cpp.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       CSharp.BrowseObject.xaml
            │       CSharp.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       CSharp.xaml
            │       Debugger_General.xaml
            │       EmbeddedResource.xaml
            │       Folder.xaml
            │       General.BrowseObject.xaml
            │       General.xaml
            │       General_File.xaml
            │       None.xaml
            │       ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       ProjectReference.xaml
            │       ResolvedAssemblyReference.xaml
            │       ResolvedCOMReference.xaml
            │       ResolvedProjectReference.xaml
            │       Scc.xaml
            │       SpecialFolder.xaml
            │       SubProject.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.BrowseObject.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
            │       VisualBasic.xaml
            │
            └───zh-TW
                    assemblyreference.xaml
                    COMReference.xaml
                    Content.xaml
                    Cpp.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
                    CSharp.BrowseObject.xaml
                    CSharp.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
                    CSharp.xaml
                    Debugger_General.xaml
                    EmbeddedResource.xaml
                    Folder.xaml
                    General.BrowseObject.xaml
                    General.xaml
                    General_File.xaml
                    None.xaml
                    ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
                    ProjectReference.xaml
                    ResolvedAssemblyReference.xaml
                    ResolvedCOMReference.xaml
                    ResolvedProjectReference.xaml
                    Scc.xaml
                    SpecialFolder.xaml
                    SubProject.xaml
                    VisualBasic.BrowseObject.xaml
                    VisualBasic.ProjectItemsSchema.xaml
                    VisualBasic.xaml

    Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:43 AM
  • Hi Ronskies,

    Its a quite interesting question, base on my understanding also the current finding, the missing target files are installed together with the Visual Studio instead of the MSBuild Tools.

    I configure a blank win10 environment(test machine) and installed both MSBuild tools also the Windows 10 SDK, I can reproduce the issue you are facing, the Microsoft.Windows.UI.Xaml.CSharp.targets cannot be found.

    Then I checked my original machine(have Visual Studio 2015 installed), the folder that contains the correct target files(C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft\WindowsXaml\v14.0) is created at the same date as Visual Studio installed.

    I believe that Visual Studio installed something that we did not install. I even tried to copy the MSBuild folder from my original machine to the test machine however it doesn't make sense.

    I will keep updating at this thread to see how can we build the UWP app without install the Visual Studio.

    --James


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    Wednesday, October 28, 2015 12:32 PM
  • Thank you. Your support to this thread is very much appreciated.

    It seems like the generated MSBuild project by the VS requires VS to be able to build it successfully. I am thinking maybe it can be configured to be something that is independent to any VS tools/files.

    Thursday, October 29, 2015 12:07 AM
  • Any update on this?
    I interested in UWP development using react-native-windows without installing the whole Visual Studio.
    It would be very helpful if any way is there. Thanks in advance. 
    Friday, February 3, 2017 9:12 AM
  • Hi Jamles Hez,

    Any update on this?

    Thanks,

    Pallam Madhukar


    Pallam Madhukar - Windows UWP/WPF Application Developer

    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 4:05 AM